Author: Gemma Mackintosh

Gemma Mackintosh is a final year PhD student in the RatchetCog research group at the University of Stirling, UK and co-organiser of the Culture Conference. Her PhD research explores the role of theory of mind in facilitating cumulative cultural evolution - a capacity widely thought to be unique to humans. Currently, she is working on methods of testing intentional knowledge transmission over generations, such that when there is a bottleneck to transmission, sending an intentional subset of knowledge will be more beneficial to the following generation than an inadvertent subset of the same size. Gemma hopes to continue exploring this phenomenon, particularly with regards to perspective taking - specifically, how having a differing perspective from the information-receiver affects the information providers’ ability to generate useful and relevant information. Learn more about her work here or follow her on Twitter @gemmackintosh.