Bulletin Board

Student Research Grant winners

Thank you to all who applied for a student research grant this year – we were pleased to receive an unprecedented number of high quality applications (10 total) for projects spanning the wide diversity of interests of EHBEA members.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Carmen Granito
The impact of intercultural contact on pictorial style – The case of Aboriginal rock art

and

Karolina Milkowska
Disgust sensitivity in relation to phases of menstrual cycle and progesterone levels

Paid three-year fellowships at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris

The Cognitive Science Department of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris offers paid three-year fellowships to international students interested in joining ourMaster in Cognitive Science, which offers interdisciplinary training in Linguistics, Psychology, Neurosciences, Cognitive Social Sciences and Philosophy.

 

The Department of Cognitive Science is part of the Ecole Normale Supérieure which is the world’s top institution for Nobel prize winners among its alumni (13 Nobel prizes, 10 fields medals). The Department of Cognitive Science is an exciting training and research environment covering the full breadth of human cognitive abilities, with over 60 Faculty working on four strategic research programs: 1. language and communication; 2. social and collective cognition; 3. perception, attention and consciousness; 4. decision making and rationality. These research questions are investigated using the concepts, methods and techniques from various disciplines, including analytical philosophy, linguistics, cognitive psychology, evolutionary biology, cognitive and computational neuroscience.

 

The fellowships include:

– monthly stipend: 1000 euros;

– possibility of subsidized housing;

– access to subsidized cafeteria (about 4 euros/meal);

-minimal tuition fees (about 500 euros/year).

 

These fellowships will be attributed on the basis of a competitive exam, known as the ‘ENS internationalselection’ taking place by Skype for the Sciences and in person for Arts and Humanities.

For more details (including eligibility), please visit:

http://www.ens.fr/en/academics/admissions/international-selection

Sciences application deadline:  October 19, 2018

Post-doc in Cultural Evolution, Text Mining and Social Cognition in Paris

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).

Project summary:

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).

Start date:

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.

Requirements:

– 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 nicolas.baumard@ens.fr and  julie.grezes@ens.fr,  and feel free to contact us for more information!

A special issue of Philosophical Transactions B

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  debbie.vaughan@royalsociety.org

Our Student Research Grants deadline is approaching!

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.

Call for funding proposals on research regarding Disgust and Political Attitudes

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. (pastewar@uark.edu).

5th Conference of Polish Society of Human and Evolution Studies: call for abstracts

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.