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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 194
Title: Future Research in the SBE Sciences: A View from Anthropology
Lead Author: McCorriston, Joy
Abstract: Future research in the SBE Sciences should challenge and broaden our fundamental reliance on assumptions of economic rational choice as the basis for human behavior, including social behavior. This will extend multi-disciplinary science and scientific methods to new research on how non-economic structures fundamental in shaping human behavior arise, how they are maintained, and how individuals refer to structure in rationalizing choices. Structures refers to preferences, values, beliefs, cultural rules, norms, and precedence and appears in anthropological and economic sciences as an ontological and historical force constraining and shaping human choice. Challenging questions of the future that will unlock new interdisciplinary SBE science will probe how, at what scales, and with what predictability cultural structures arise and constrain human behavior. Effective scientific definition of structure itself remains a critical component of such research, which offers the potential to propel behavioral modeling and prediction apace with increasingly sophisticated computation and measurement tools. Such research will require partnerships across the SBE and STEM disciplines and will be transformative in its engagement with the large-scale, long-term cultural structures that lie outside of conventional scientific epistemologies.
PDF: McCorriston_Joy_194.pdf

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