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Dominik Deffner

Postdoctoral Researcher

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 3550 341 
E-mail: dominik_deffnereva.mpgde

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

Research Interests

I am an evolutionary and computational behavioral scientist with a background in Psychology and Anthropology. My research broadly focuses on the individual-level learning processes and population-level social dynamics underlying human cultural adaptation. I mostly use behavioral group experiments, computational and statistical modeling as well as formal mathematical theory to better understand the unique adaptability of our species. At the moment, I am developing a causal inference framework for generalizability in cross-cultural research. I am also a committee member of the Early-career Social Learning Researchers (ESLR) society.

Publications

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ǂ joint senior author

Deffner, D. (2021). Social learning in structured populations: Theoretical and empirical approaches. PhD Thesis, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig.
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Deffner, D., Kleinow, V., & McElreath, R. (2020). Dynamic social learning in temporally and spatially variable environments. Royal Society Open Science, 7.
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Logan, C. J., McCune, K., MacPherson, M., Johnson-Ulrich, Z., Rowney, C., Seitz, B., Blaisdell, A., Deffner, D., & Wascher, C. (2020). Are the more flexible great-tailed grackles also better at behavioral inhibition? (In principle acceptance by PCI Ecology of the version on 6 Mar 2019). PsyArXiv.
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Blaisdell, A., Seitz, B., Rowney, C., Folsom, M., MacPherson, M., Deffner, D., & Logan, C. J. (2020). Do the more flexible individuals rely more on causal cognition? Observation versus intervention in causal inference in great-tailed grackles. PsyArXiv.
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Deffner, D., & McElreath, R. (2020). When does selection favor learning from the old? Social Learning in age-structured populations. OSF Preprints.
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Deffner, D., & McElreath, R. (2020). The importance of life history and population regulation for the evolution of social learning. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 375(1803).
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Clark, A. D., Deffner, D., Laland, K., Odling-Smee, J., & Endler, J. (2020). Niche construction affects the variability and strength of natural selection. The American Naturalist, 195(1), 16-30.
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Deffner, D., & Kandler, A. (2019). Trait specialization, innovation and the evolution of culture in fluctuating environments. Palgrave Communications, 5: 147.
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Smolla, M., Invernizzi, E., Bazhydai, M., Casoli, M., Deffner, D., Faria, G. S., Jones, N., Kanwal, J., Staehler, A., & Uchiyama, R. (2018). Second annual workshop of the Association of Early‐Career Social Learning Researchers in St Andrews, Scotland. Evolutionary Anthropology, 27(5): 21746, pp. 184-187.
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