January 8, 2016, by Suzanne
The Strangeness of Tradition
In case you missed it, it’s well worth listening again to this episode of the Human Zoo (series 7), first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 22 December 2015. Hear NIBS Co-Investigator’s Nick Chater (University of Warwick) and Bob Sugden (University of East Anglia) talk about “The Strangeness of Tradition“.
Christmas is the time of year when we fall into the familiar, the traditions we’ve recycled since childhood. But why do we do it? Michael Blastland examines the psychology of how we behave around Christmas. Contributors to the episode also include Professor Anne Murcott, anthropologist from SOAS, University of London; and Dr Björn Lindström, researcher at the Emotion Lab, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.