|Michael is a PhD student in the Psychology Department. He is interested in the psychological and evolutionary processes that underlie culture and how culture is propagated, maintained, and modified. He uses a two-pronged methodological approach, combining his training in computational modeling (social network analysis, evolutionary models, complexity theory, etc.) and in experimental psychology to gain a better understanding of the dynamic relationship between cultures and individuals, where "cultures" emerge from the interactions of individuals over time, who are in turn shaped by the emergent cultures they constitute. Michael hopes to apply these techniques and science to public policy. |
Michael is also the Statistical Consultant for the Department of Psychology and is open to collaborations with people looking to perform quantitative analyses on their data.
Michael has a B.Eng (Software) and B.A. (Psychology) from The University of Queensland, Australia and has lived in various parts of the world, including Sri Lanka, Botswana, Papua New Guinea, and Australia.