I am a researcher studying the cultural evolution of arts. I discover and explain long-term patterns in the history of books, movies, songs, video games, and other art forms. My goal is to help building a theory-driven quantitative history of culture. For this, I analyze large digital libraries and artistic datasets (such as IMDb or Spotify), use statistical models and text mining. Here are some of the questions I have worked on, or am working on now:
Have films become more complex during the 20th century?
Is phylogenetic tree an adequate model for representing the evolution of literature?
Is there a first-mover advantage in music genres?
What does make certain artworks “canonical” and why are these works so persistent in history?
postdoctoral researcher, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany.
postdoctoral researcher, Minds and Traditions research group, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (renamed to Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology), Germany.
Sobchuk, O. (in press). Evolution of modern literature and film. In Oxford Handbook of Cultural Evolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Downloads