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The Research Center in Social Complexity (CICS), is a platform for research in human behavior within modern society in relation to paradigms of mathematical models and quantitative analysis. Our philosophy at CICS is that human behavior can only be understood by integrating its psychological, economic, cultural and historical dimensions. Therefore, the next step in studying human behavior is to unify the diverse social sciences.

The collaboration between centers related to the program articulated by the CICS was made in order to reach the critical mass necessary to sustain the training component and be able to absorb the students of the program in consolidated lines of research. Within the Faculty of Government, collaboration with the Center for Public Policies (CPP) has not only strengthened the line of research in institutions, but also connect with the world of public policy and provide the conditions for basic knowledge generated within the CICS can be transferred to the productive sector. Likewise, the collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, in particular with the Data Science Institute and the Center for Research in Sustainability (CiSGER in spanish) has allowed strengthening the methodological component, in the first case, and the possibility of strengthening applied research in socio-ecological systems, in the second.

CICS has an active collaboration network with a series of analytical social science research centers, both internationally and nationally.

The collaborative work promote the realization of activities such as a Research Camp, part of the postgraduate course in Social Complexity conducted by the Media Lab Macro Connections Group, the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Social Complexity Research Center of the University of Development ( CICS-UDD). The bi-annual meeting seeks that students can work 100% dedicated in the projects they will develop individually, having available the guidance of the professors and researchers who will be accompanying them, as well as the collaborative feedback of all the participants of the event.

Faculty

 

Carlos Rodriguez-Sickert

Director of the Research Center in Social Complexity.
Faculty Member
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Cambridge, UK.
BA in Economics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
International Fellow, Santa Fe Institute, USA.

Research interests: Culture/Biology Dynamics, Social Networks, Bio-Cultural Systems, Socio-Ecological Systems.
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José Antonio Muñoz

Director Ph.D in Social Complexity Sciences at Universidad del Desarrollo.

Faculty Member

PhD in Animal and Human Behavior from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain.
Researcher at Facultad de Gobierno, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Research interests:
Study of aggression, cooperation and mate choice in the human species.

 



Ricardo Andrés Guzmán

Faculty Member
Ph.D in Economics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Master in Financial Economics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Industrial Engineer, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Bachelor’s dregree in Computer Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Research interests:
Evolutionary Psychology, Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Economic Anthropology.
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Isabel Behncke Izquierdo

Academic Collaborator

Ph.D. in Evolutionary Antropology, Oxford University, UK. Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group, Oxford University, UK.
Research interests: Play, Cognition (Anthropology), Conservation Biology.
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Francisco Zamorano Mendieta

Faculty Member

Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Researcher at Facultad de Gobierno, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Research interests: Developmental Disorders, Social Neurosciences, Brain Imaging.
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Pablo Billeke Bobadilla

Faculty Member

Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Researcher at Facultad de Gobierno, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Research interests: Social Neurosciences.
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Patricia Soto-Icaza

Faculty Member

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Researcher at Facultad de Gobierno, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Research interests: Social Neurosciences, Psychology, Social Neurodevelopment, Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Jorge Fábrega Lacoa

Faculty Member
Ph.D. Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.
MPP, Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.
Bachelor in Economy and Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Research interests: Social Networks, Formal Political Economy.
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Pablo Polo

Faculty Member

PhD in Psychobiology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Researcher at Facultad de Gobierno, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Research interests:
Reproductive strategies in human and non-human primates from an evolutionary and functional point of view.

Post doctoral Researchers

Nohelia Valenzuela

Postdoctoral Researcher

PhD in Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain.
Researcher at Facultad de Gobierno, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Research interests:
Biological basis of behavior; relationship between the manifestation of certain aggressive behaviors associated with testosterone levels and the genetic constitution of individuals; cellular meiosis.

Leonie Kausel

Postdoctoral Researcher
PhD in Neurosciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Researcher at Facultad de Gobierno, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Research interests: Social Neurosciences, Psychology, Social Neurodevelopment, Autism Spectrum Disorders.



Oriana Figueroa Valdebenito

Ph.D. in Social Complexity Sciences, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Magister in Clinic Psycholist, Universidad de Santiago de Chile.
Psychologist, Universidad de Santiago de Chile.
Diploma in en Addictions and Behavioral Cognitive Therapy, Universidad de Chile.
Researcher at LERI, Universidad de Santiago.
Research interests: Evolutionary Psychology, Emotions, Mating, Theory of games.

Junior Faculty

Tamara Yaikin Calderón

CICS and Transfer Unit Coordinator
Master of Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
BA in Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Alejandra Figueroa Vargas

Coordinator Social Neuroscience and Neuromodulation Laboratory
Master of Biologic and Medical Science. Mention in Neurosciences, Universidad de Chile.
Kinesiologist, Universidad de Chile.
Research Interest: Cognitive Neurosciences.



Josefina Larraín

Clinical Coordinator Social Neuroscience and Neuromodulation Laboratory
Ph.D (c) in Psychology, Universidad Diego Portales.
Psychologist, Universidad de Artes, Ciencias y Comunicación.
Speech therapist, Universidad Mayor.

 

Staff

 

Paz Santander Tapia

Outreach Coordinator
Scientific Communication Journalist
Internal communications, press management and liaison with external communities.