In The Media

new-york-times-logo-square“The study, which took 20 years, is ‘the first to track the cultural evolution of birdsong at the continental scale,’ said Mason Youngblood, a doctoral candidate in animal behavior at the CUNY Graduate Center who was not involved in the research.”

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Tracking the Booming Social Life of the House Finch [Article] – June 11, 2020

Scientists track birds to study their movements and behavior. Youngblood’s method uses radio-frequency identification, or RFID, to determine which birds land at which feeders—information that can reveal insights about the population’s social structure.

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Breaking up is hard to do: Hip Hop is a cauldron of conformity [Article] – September 25, 2019

default-be665600e566968b4abb05f64704b901357992d5551b5ab04a2079d1a536c04d“Hip hop performers and fans tend to view themselves as members of a large homogenous cohort, united around certain values. In that scenario, it might be expected that music signifiers, especially samples, are deployed to reinforce rather than challenge identity.”

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Researcher uses music sampling to study cultural conformity bias [Article] – September 25, 2019

phys_308px“Mason Youngblood, a psychologist at City University of New York, has found a way to study cultural conformity bias in groups of people by studying music sampling used on commercially sold songs.”

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Parsing Science [Podcast] – April 30, 2019

THCCPD_oDoug Leigh and Ryan Watkins invited me on to Parsing Science to talk about my recent study on the cultural transmission of music sampling! We got into the history of sampling, how it transformed music production, as well as the data and methods behind the study.

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Queens College Student’s Research Is for the Birds [Article] – April 17, 2019

“Around dawn, you can find him “birding” in neighborhoods like Forest Hills, Jamaica and Queens Village with a microphone and two undergraduate assistants in tow, trying to capture the sweet sounds of one bird: the tiny house finch.”

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From Neighborhoods to Online: How Music Sampling Changed [Article] – April 1, 2019

“Using network-based diffusion analysis (NBDA), a methodology often applied to the study of animals, Youngblood found ‘the first quantitative evidence that music samples are culturally transmitted via collaboration between artists’.”

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What Happens When Music Sampling Goes Digital [Q&A] – March 28, 2019

“While geographic regions, like California’s Compton and New York’s Brooklyn, served as the primary means for such cultural transmissions in the ’80s and ’90s, Youngblood argues that the internet shifted collaboration.”

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The Life Plot [Podcast] – January 24, 2019

the_life_plot-1Mario Benitez and Joel Daness invited me on to The Life Plot to talk about public perceptions of evolutionary biology, common cultural transmission mechanisms in humans and animals, and the current state of pop music.

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