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*Blog Post From Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama, a member of the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, writes a blog for the Huffington Post.  Check out her most recent post “Ingroup/Outgroup Biases at Play in Police-Community Relations” and the archives of others here.

Her research examines the role that storytelling played in human evolution by looking at the knowledge it takes to make a living as a hunter-gather and the use of stories to transmit this knowledge. Her courses look at how universal characters and genres — e.g., tricksters, monsters, heroes, love stories, war narratives —address recurrent problems of human life.