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Recommended books by Associated Researchers

Uffe Schjødt: Associate professor, Department of the Study of Religion

I rarely read academic books. They are so overrated. I take my info in liquid form or in journal articles.

.. but hard pressed, I would recommend 'Vehicles - Experiments in Synthetic Psychology' by Valentino von Braitenberg. Good friend and COBE co-affiliate, Kristoffer L. Nielbo gave it to me many years ago. It is awesome, something about it really touches the spirit of COBE lab. 

Cordula Vesper: Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Culture

I know it is quite old by now but Herbert Clark’s 1996 book Using Language has inspired me quite a bit. I think it is still a valuable read to make you think about language and social interaction more generally.  

Joshua Skewes: Associate Professor, School of Communication and Culture

Michael Lee and E. J. Wagenmakers Bayesian Cognitive Modeling is always open on my desk. Fantastic resource if you want to get into Bayesian Graphical Modeling (which you should) 

Jessica Barker: Junior Fellow, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

Somewhere between pop science and academia, Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene is a well written introduction to the logic behind behavioral ecology by one of the early big names in the field. For a more academic overview, Davies et al.'s Introduction to Behavioral Ecology is great.  

Joshua Brain: former Assistant Lab Manager, Cognition and Behavior Lab

Just one book is tricky...I'll pick a book that I anticipate is unread by most researchers, namely Harry Heft's 'Ecological Psychology in Context' (2001). The book describes and evaluates psychology's lineage from William James, through Edwin Holt, to James Gibson and Roger Barker, before extending their respective ideas and theories. A very interesting book that espouses important, if not challenging, viewpoints. 

Riccardo Fusaroli: Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Culture.

Only one? Darn! Then it should be "Statistical Rethinking" by Richard McElreath, a tour de force into what we really mean when we do statistics and how to do it right.

(I've also found "Darwin's unfinished symphony" by K. Laland and "Scale" by Geoffrey West very thought-provoking.)

Marc Andersen: PhD Student, Department of the Study of Religion and Interacting Minds Centre.

"The Predictive Mind" by Jakob Hohwy.

Andreas Lieberoth: Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Danish School of Education and Research Fellow, Interacting Minds Center.

Recently I've been excited about Play Matters by Miguel Sicart.

Emma von Essen: Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Business Economics. 

"Kritik af den negative opbyggelighed", 2005, by Frederik Stjernfelt and Søren Ulrik Thomsen.

Martin Bagger: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Business Economics. 

"Eye Tracking: A Comprehensive Guide to Methods and Measures", 2011, by Kenneth Holmqvist et al.

Oana Vuculescu: Research Assistant, PhD, Department of Management. 

"Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos", 2001, by Steven Strogatz.

Lars Bach: Assistant Professor, Department of Culture and Society.

“Game-Theoretical Models in Biology", 2013, by Mark Broom and Jan Rychtar (Chapman & Hall).

Leonie Gerhards: former Postdoc, Department of Economics and Business Economics.

“Mostly Harmless Econometrics – An Empiricist’s Companion” by Joshua D. Angrist and Jörn-Steffen Pischke.

Alexandra Kraus: former PhD student, Department of Management. 

Until today, my research bible has been the "Handbook of Implicit Social Cognition" from Gawronski and Payne.

Lene Aarøe: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Government. 

The Adapted Mind by Jerome H. Barkow, Leda Cosmides and John Tooby is a key book on how the mind works and gives a rich overview of the field of evolutionary psychology. 

Lasse Laustsen: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Government. 

One of the best books I have read on human evolutionary history is “Da mennesket blev menneske” by Peter K. A. Jensen. The book provides a very well-written introduction to and overview of human evolution and how humans have spread and inhabited the Earth over time.

Dan Nguyen: former PhD Student, Department of Economics and Business Economics.

Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, fast and slow” from 2011 is a great book introducing his work with Amos Tversky, which was been awarded the Nobel prize. Basically, it questions the assumptions made in economic rationality. In the book, he proposes two systems of thinking: one which is fast (driven by emotions and heuristics) and another which is slow (driven by rationality and consciousness). The book discusses how these two systems interact and is a great layman’s introduction to concepts such as loss aversion and prospect theory