Elizabeth Hobson: Social Networks, Dominance Hierarchies & Learning to Code | Good Chemistry #13



In Episode #13 I talked to Elizabeth Hobson, whose lab studies the evolution of decision-making, social cognition, social networks, and dominance hierarchies using a combination of naturalistic field observations plus computational modeling and network analysis.


We discussed social behavior in animals, including when and why members of a group display aggression, how animal dominance hierarchies form and change, and how changes in the environment can cause sudden “tipping points” where group behavior suddenly changes. We also discussed whether human societies may be near tipping points today, and how changes due to COVID have impacted remote learning.


You can find the full conversation in the "Episodes" section above.