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*New Huffington Post Blog 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 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.