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23 Apr 2012

PNAS: Information transfer in human crowds

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Pedestrian crowds can form the substrate of important socially contagious behaviors including propagation of visual attention, violence, opinions and emotional state. However, relating individual to collective behavior is often difficult, and quantitative studies have largely employed laboratory experimentation. In the only previous study of gaze-following in human crowds, Stanley Milgram et al. (1969) instructed stimulus […]

2 Feb 2012

Iain’s work cited on “What’s next”, the innovation blog on

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Iain's work on swarming, migration and cannibalism in Desert Locust is cited in an article posted on "What's next", the innovation blog at In this article, CNN journalist John D. Sutter describes the latest advances on predicting the next massive migration events in this insect species that can have major consequences for local populations. […]

17 Dec 2011

Media attention following our recent Science paper

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Our recent article, "Uninformed Individuals Promote Democratic Consensus in Animal Groups" (Couzin et al., 2011), published Science has attracted attention from the mainstream media. Hereafter is a non-exhaustive list of articles that we have found mentioning our work on the role of uninformed individuals during consensus decision-making in group-living animals.
Please note that these commentaries may […]

1 Nov 2011

Iain Couzin on CNN Tech

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On Monday October 24th, CNN Tech (the technology and science section of the CNN website) has published an article about the recent PopTech Conference that was held in Camden, Maine. In this article, journalist John D. Sutter presents the works of "5 fascinating people", and among them is Iain, whose picture during his talk was […]

2 Aug 2011

Iain Couzin is a 2011 PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow

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The innovation network PopTech has announced this morning its "Science and Public Leadership Fellows Class" of 2011. Iain has been selected as a fellow with 9 other leaders and innovators in their own research field. The announcement as well as the complete list of the fellows can be found here. Hereafter is an excerpt of […]

24 Jun 2011

Iain Couzin interview by Jane Lee

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Jane Lee, a graduate student in the Science Communication Program at the University of California Santa Cruz, has recently interviewed Iain as part of the 2011 SciCom Interviews series. Hereafter is the introductory paragraph of this interview. The complete interview can be found here.

Wheeling, turning, and diving—flocks of birds and schools of fish perform these acrobatic maneuvers […]

1 Mar 2011

Iain Couzin and Colin Twomey in The Economist

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The presentation that Iain gave during the recent symposium "Mathematics and Collective Behavior" at the annual AAAS meeting in Washington, got some additional press in the mainstream media. After the technological blog Ars Technica, the prestigious journal The Economist has decided to dedicate an article to the work of Iain and Colin Twomey, grade student […]

22 Feb 2011

Iain cited in The New Yorker and Ars Technica

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Iain has had some press recently with citations about in his work in the prestigious New Yorker magazine and the technology blog Ars Technica. 
In The New Yorker, Iain's work is described in John Seabrook's essay "When large crowds assemble, is there a way to keep them safe?", about the events at the Wal-Mart in Valley […]

2 Feb 2011

Postdoctoral position available – Physics of Collective Animal Behavior

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Physics of Collective Behavior: An Experimental Approach

Principal Investigators: Iain D. Couzin and Cristian Huepe.
Based in Princeton University
CouzinLab website:
We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work with us on our project entitled “Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Collective Dynamics of Swarming Systems”, funded by the National Science Foundation.
The proposed research will […]

9 Jan 2011

Sepideh Bazazi makes the cover of Proceedings of the Royal Society B

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The article published by Sepideh Bazazi and collaborators in the February 7, 2011, issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B will make the cover of the magazine. Congrats Sepideh!
In this article, Sepideh presents experimental and model data linking the nutritional state of locusts with their mass migration behavior. The article can be found here. Hereafter […]