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Dubourg, E., Chambon, V. (2024). DEEP: A model of gaming preferences informed by the hierarchical nature of goal-oriented cognitionPreprint.

Dubourg, E.*, Thouzeau, V.*, Beuchot, T., Bonard, C., Boyer, C., Clasen, M., Boon-Falleur, M., Fiorio, G., Fitouchi, L., Fisher, M. L., Gantman, A., Grant, Hye-Knudsen, M., Katiyar, T., Kjeldgaard-Christiansen, J., Mercier, M., Mercier, H., Morin, O., Salmon, C., Scott-Phillips, T., Scrivner, C., Sijilmassi, A., Singh, M., Smith, M., Sobchuk, O., Stubbersfield, J. M., Varnum, M. E. W., Verpooten, J., Wylie, J., Zhong, Y., Baumard, N. (2024). The Cognitive Foundations of Fictional Stories. An integrative and comprehensive framework. Preprint.

Dubourg, E., Thouzeau, V., Baumard, N. (2024). A Step-By-Step Method for Cultural Annotation by LLMs. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence. Research topic 'Machine Learning Applications for Digital Humanities'.

Dubourg, E., Thouzeau, V., Baumard, N. (2024). The psychological origins of science fiction. Poetics.


Dubourg, E., Mogoutov, A., Baumard, N. (2023). Is Cinema Becoming Less and Less Innovative With Time? Using neural network text embedding model to measure cultural innovation. CEUR Proceedings of Computational Humanities Research Conference.

Dubourg, E., Baumard, N. (2023). Do fictions impact beliefs? A critical view. Handbook of Fiction and Belief. Edited by Alison James, Akihiro Kubo & Françoise Lavocat.


Dubourg, E., Thouzeau, V., de Dampierre, C., Mogoutov, A., Baumard, N. (2023). Exploratory preferences explain the human fascination for imaginary worlds in fictional stories. Scientific Reports.


Dubourg, E., Baumard, N. (2022). Imaginary Worlds through the Evolutionary Lens: Ultimate Functions, Proximate Mechanisms, Cultural Distribution. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. [Response to commentaries]

Dubourg, E.*, Fitouchi, L.*, Baumard, N. (2022). When instrumental inference hides behind seemingly arbitrary conventions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. [Commentary on ‘Tradition and Invention: The Bifocal Stance Theory of Cultural Evolution’ by Jagiello et al.]

Dubourg, E., Baumard, N. (2022). Why Imaginary Worlds? The psychological foundations and cultural evolution of fictions with imaginary worlds. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. [Target Article]


Dubourg, E., Baumard, N. (2022). Why and How Did Narrative Fictions Evolve? Fictions as Entertainment Technologies. Frontiers in Psychology


Dubourg, E.*, André, J.-B., Baumard, N. (2021). The Evolution of Music: One Trait, Many Ultimate-Level Explanations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. [Commentary on ‘Origins of music in credible signaling’ by Mehr et al.]

Dubourg, E. (2021). Les mondes imaginaires dans les fictions [Imaginary worlds in fictions]. Acta Fabula. [Commentary on Constellation. Des mondes fictionnels dans l’imaginaire contemporain, by Anne Besson]

Dubourg, E., André, J.-B., Baumard, N. (2021). L’origine des fictions : l’hypothèse des fonctions évolutionnaires sociales [The Origin of Fiction: The Social Evolutionary Functions Hypothesis]. Fabula LHT.



Dubourg, E. (2020). La Reconnaissance intuitive des fictions [The intuitive recognition of fiction]. XXI-XX, Reconnaissance littéraire, Classique Garnier.


Dubourg, E. (2020). La Conquête de la fiction [The conquest of fiction]. Romanesques, Classique Garnier.

Dubourg, E. (2019). Axiologies du romanesque [Axiologies of the ‘romanesque’]. Acta Fabula. [Commentary on Les Valeurs dans le roman. Conditions d’une ‘poéthique’ romanesque]

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