Mason is a PhD candidate in Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology at the City University of New York, and an incoming postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. His research is focused on cultural evolution in both human and animals, including studies on birdsong, metascience, music, and extremism. Specifically, Mason uses computational methods like agent-based modeling and machine learning to better understand how mechanisms of cultural transmission affect larger patterns in the cultural evolution of populations.
When I started my PhD at the City University of New York in 2015, I had my heart set on studying the behavioral neuroscience of birdsong. The following year my PhD advisor, David Lahti, invited me to collaborate on a […]