My name is Mason Youngblood, and I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Minds and Traditions Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. In my research, I apply methods from computational social science, cultural evolution, and behavioral ecology to questions about human and non-human animal behavior. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding how sexual selection and cultural evolution drive changes in birdsong at the population-level, and how behaviors and beliefs, such as music and extremist ideology, spread through human populations.
I’m also passionate about R and data visualization. Some of my favorite examples from my published and submitted work are shown below: