A one-year post-doctoral position in Cultural Evolution and Social Cognition is currently open at the Département d’Etudes Cognitives (DEC) of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. This project will be conducted under the supervision of Nicolas Baumard at the Institut Jean Nicod (IJN) and Julie Grèzes at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (LNC).
The project aims to document the so-called ‘process of civilization’, the set of long-term psychological changes that occurred in Europe from 1300 to 1900. The project will study the evolution of emotional displays in European literature (novels, plays) from the late Middle Age to the modern times and will test whether economic development can account for the evolution of social preferences such as trust, morality and honor. More generally, the goal of the project is to test whether life history parameters (mortality, affluence, external threat) can account for psychological changes in history. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with a strong background in programming and data analysis.
Funding and salary:
The position is funded by a LabeX grant from PSL* Research University. The salary will be adjusted to the candidate’s post doctoral experience (start salary for a 1st year post doc: 30,000 euros/year net; 5 years of experience: 38,000).
The start date will be determined with the candidate but will need to fall within the following range: 30/09/2018 to 01/01/2019.
– The candidate should have a PhD (or be in the final stages of obtaining such a degree) in Cognitive Science, Cultural Evolution, Economics or areas related to quantitative analysis of social phenomena.
– Experience with data analysis along with strong programming and statistical skills (matlab, r).
– Strong language and writing skills in English are required (note: speaking French is not required).
Please send a complete CV, a cover letter and contact information of two references by September 15th to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, and feel free to contact us for more information!
Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B entitled Evolution of pathogen and parasite avoidance behaviours, compiled and edited by Cecile Sarabian and Rachel McMullan. This content can be accessed at http://bit.ly/PTB1751 and the articles at http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/373/1751
A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TB 1751 when prompted) or, alternatively, you can contact email@example.com
Attention student members: EHBEA Student Research Grants deadline is approaching! If you’re still wondering whether to apply or not, check out the story of Gareth Richards:
Whilst studying for my PhD, I was fortunate enough to receive an EHBEA Student Research Grant to run a follow-up study to that of my MSc. I worked with the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Welsh Branch and researchers at Cardiff University (Dr William Davies and Dr Wynford Bellin) to administer a questionnaire about religious beliefs to 585 members of the public attending the National Eisteddfod, a weeklong Welsh cultural festival. I also measured the lengths of participants’ second and fourth fingers so we could calculate their digit ratio (2D:4D). The 2D:4D ratio is hypothesised to be a marker of prenatal sex hormone exposure, with a relatively long fourth digit indicating high levels of foetal testosterone.
Since collecting these data, we presented our findings at the 2017 EHBEA Annual Conference in Paris, and subsequently published two peer-reviewed journal articles. In the first paper (published in Early Human Development), we showed that 2D:4D was positively correlated between mothers and their daughters; in the second paper (published in Transpersonal Psychology Review), we reported that, contrary to the findings of my MSc study of university students, 2D:4D was not related to religious affiliation.
I am grateful to EHBEA for having funded my research, and for the positive experience and CV value gained throughout the process. I would therefore strongly encourage any student with an interest in evolution to consider applying for an EHBEA Student Research Grant.
Attention student members: applications are welcome for EHBEA Student Research Grants of up to 500 Euros. Small grants can go a long way and are great for your CV. Apply by 1st August 2018, all queries to the Early Career Officer: http://ehbea.com/awards/funding/
Interested in culture and evolution? Starting this fall, the Centre for Culture and Evolution at Brunel University London will be launching this exciting new MSc programme – springboard yourself into a PhD: http://bit.ly/Culture-and-Evolution-MSc
The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences is proud to announce its call for funding proposals on research regarding Disgust and Political Attitudes. Grants of up to $1500 will be awarded on a competitive basis with successful research projects published in a special issue of “Politics and the Life Sciences.” More information is available on the “Politics and the Life Sciences” – Cambridge University Press website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Patrick A. Stewart, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE) has a great pleasure to invite you (or remind you of an invitation) to its annual international conference PTNCE2018 (Warsaw, Poland, 24-26th September 2018) cohosted by the PTNCE, Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS and Centre of New Technologies UW.
Conference website: www.ptnce2018.pl.
Abstract submission for talks and posters closes on the 15th of June 2018. Conference language: English (only talks and posters in English will be accepted).
PTNCE conference, as well as the Society in general, aims at associating scientists and students of various scientific disciplines interested in the application of the evolutionary perspective in the following research areas: biology, ecology, human behaviour and culture studies. By creating an idiosyncratic evolutionary platform we intend to break the barriers between traditional divisions in human studies.
This workshop will provide students with the opportunity to learn how to use social network analysis to analyze social relational datasets such as human friendship networks or animal social networks. Attendees will learn how to use R and several R packages including igraph, sna, network, asnipe, timeordered, tsna to create network graphs, calculate descriptive network metrics, use randomization and random models to evaluate the significance of these metrics, determine graph structural properties including community structures, use QAP and MRQAP methods to assess how network characteristics relate to other individual and relational attributes, and measure change over time in dynamic networks. Attendees will also learn how to produce high quality network visualizations using R.
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Abertay is a modern university with a global outlook, rooted in its local and national communities. The University now seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Social and Health Sciences.
The School of Social and Health Sciences delivers programmes and applied research in the areas of nursing and counselling, psychology, sociology, and sport and exercise. There has been significant growth in the School’s research output in recent years with the Psychology Division rated as the best Scottish modern University for research in REF2014.
Reporting to the Head of Division, you will provide specialist subject knowledge and input into teaching and research in psychology. Preference will be given to applicants that can teach biological psychology (although applicants from any cognate area will be considered), and whose research aligns with the priorities of the Division. We welcome applications from early career researchers, and will consider applications for part-time or flexible working.
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Evolution and Human Behavior is delighted to announce that they now offer Registered Reports. You can learn more about the Registered Report format at https://cos.io/rr/