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submitted: 28 March 2014
expires: 30 April 2014

Research Fellow (12 months fixed term), Northumbria University

We seek an experienced and highly motivated individual to work on a new Leverhulme Trust funded project on how parents shape offspring partner choice. This 12-month post investigates whether parents' physical traits, explicit beliefs, and behavioural intentions shape their adult offspring's perceptions of attractiveness in ways that can enhance the parents' biological (inclusive) fitness. The successful applicant will: (a) finalise experimental design and implement the studies; (b) collect, integrate and analyse data; (c) write up the work for dissemination activities; (d) present the results of the studies at relevant academic conferences; (e) engage with the Evolution, Perception & Behaviour Research Group ( Typical activities will include stimuli creation, the recruitment of study participants, data collection, data analysis, engaging with relevant literature, and providing written and oral presentations of the results.

You will have a PhD in psychology or biological anthropology, together with knowledge of evolutionary/biological approaches to human behaviour and cognition. You must have proven skills, knowledge and capacity to engage with, deliver and disseminate a programme of research, and produce high quality outputs. In addition, you will have good interpersonal and communication skills.

The position has a preferred start date of 1 August 2014. For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Tamsin Saxton on +44 (0) 191 227 4486 or

Application closing date: 29 April 2014

submitted: 19 March 2014
expires: 01 June 2014

"Applied Evolutionary Anthropology" published


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submitted: 04 February 2014
expires: 01 July 2014

From DNA to Social Minds conference @ Uni of York June 30th/July 1st 2014

We are pleased to invite you to register for the special meeting “From DNA to Social Minds” to be held in the Department of Psychology at the University of York from June 30th – July 1st 2014. We have an outstanding line-up of keynote speakers and abstract submission is now open.

Gary Lewis

University of York

submitted: 24 January 2014
expires: 01 May 2014

Abstracts and Program Update - Conference Evolution and Human Behavior Low Countries - April 25 2014

Dear colleague,

The deadline to submit an abstract for the second edition of the Evolution & Human Behavior in the Low Countries conference (taking place April 25 2014) is approaching: January 31st 2014 we close this call.

We have also updated the program a little.

First of all, we are happy to announce that Prof. dr. Mark van Vugt (VU Amsterdam) will give a plenary talk titled “Evolutionary Perspectives on Prosocial Behavior: Adaptations, Mistakes, and Byproducts.” In this presentation he will analyze helping and prosocial behavior from an evolutionary perspective, and draw three conclusions that are not yet part of the mainstream literature. First, human prosociality consists of a constellation of traits and behaviors, many of which are not puzzling from an evolutionary perspective. Second, not all prosocial behaviors are evolutionarily adaptive, some are mistakes, and others are byproducts of other traits. Third, understanding the evolved functions and psychological processes may facilitate and stimulate helping behavior in society. He will conclude by noting some current challenges in the analysis of human prosociality from an evolutionary perspective.

Second, The aim of this workshop is also to open up opportunities for future collaborations. Therefore we shall offer the opportunity to all attendees (including those who are not presenting) to briefly introduce themselves before the lunch break, during what we called “Introduction Talks”. Those who are interested in such a brief presentation are asked to prepare a 2-minute introduction of a specific research area/project for which collaboration with other partners/countries is sought. This may be accompanied by 1 or 2 slides (please bring these on a USB-stick).

An overview of the updated program:

Morning Session – Evolution and Prosocial behaviour

09:00 – 09:30 – Welcome, coffee and registration

9:30 – 11:30 – Talks

11:30 – 12:00 – Coffee Break

12:00-12:45 – Introduction talks for future collaboration

12:45 – 14u – Lunch Break

Afternoon Session – Evolution, Culture and Media

14:00 – 15:45 – Talks

15:45 – 16:15 – Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:45 – Plenary – Prof. dr. Mark van Vugt

The conference will take place at the City Campus of the University of Antwerp, located in the centre of the city of Antwerp.

Please forward this message to colleagues who might be interested in attending this conference: participants and speakers are not restricted to researchers who live or work in Belgium or the Netherlands. Participation is entirely free, but all participants must be registered, and this can also be done via the website.


Hoping to see you in April!

Kind regards,

Charlotte De Backer

Carolyn Declerck

submitted: 09 December 2013
expires: 25 April 2014

Evolution & Human Behavior in the Low Countries Conference

With great pleasure we announce that a second edition of the Evolution & Human Behavior in the Low Countries conference will take place April 25 2014 at the University of Antwerp. Last year was a great opportunity to meet new colleagues within this interdisciplinary field, and we hope to achieve this again this year, despite the fact that it was not possible to organize it as a pre- or post-conference of the EHBEA conference.

We have decided to work with two central themes this year: Evolution & Prosociality and Evolution, Media & Culture. We invite everyone to submit abstracts that fit into one of these themes. Abstracts are due by January 31st and can be submitted via the website below. More information about this conference and practical information can also be found on this website which will be updated as soon as new information is available.

The conference will take place at the City Campus of the University of Antwerp, located in the centre of the city of Antwerp. Participation is entirely free, and can also be done via the website.

Prof. dr. Charlotte De Backer

Assistant Professor

University of Antwerp - Dept. Communication Studies