Could Skype/FaceTime combat loneliness in the elderly?
Deadline for applications: 20 January 2017
Start Date: 2 October 2017
Loneliness contributes to health problems in the elderly. Conversely, one’s social network buffers against health problems. However, research derived from the Social Brain Hypothesis shows that people’s social networks are not amorphous structures, but rather consist of a series of hierarchical layers varying in emotional closeness. The innermost layers have been labeled ‘support groups’ and ‘sympathy groups’. Support groups consist of individuals from whom one would seek support in times of severe emotional or financial distress: they have an average size of 5 members. Sympathy groups consist of individuals whose sudden death would be greatly upsetting: they have an average size of 12–15 members, including support group members. For elderly populations, it is currently unknown whether contact with individuals from certain social network layers matters more or whether any social contact matters. Moreover, it is currently unknown whether the medium of social contact matters: Is face-to-face contact more beneficial than contact via the phone? Is contact via a medium such as Skype or FaceTime similar to face-to-face contact or not? Previous research with a student population suggests that computer-mediated communication with a face-to-face component (e.g., Skype/FaceTime) is on a par with actual face-to-face contact in terms of positive affect. However, it is currently unknown whether similar effects exist for elderly populations. In this project, you will examine the composition of egocentric social networks of elderly people and its relation to loneliness and health.
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Submit your abstracts for the 6-8 April 2017 EHBEA conference in Paris, France by 23:59 GMT at https://ehbea2017.sciencesconf.org/
A postdoctoral position is available at Chapman University in Orange, CA for a project utilizing interdisciplinary approaches to generate new insights to solve key problems in maternal-child health. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to develop and test novel hypotheses pertaining to maternal-child health in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook (project PI) and members of Chapman’s Center for Excellence in Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health (CEBAH).
The ideal candidate would bring unique expertise and perspectives from biological anthropology, Darwinian medicine, health psychology, evolutionary psychology, public health, endocrinology or other fields to formulate and test interdisciplinary research questions. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work with large existing NIH funded data sets that contain longitudinal data assessing biomarkers, hormones, psychosocial factors, ecological conditions, behavior and health outcomes in mothers, children, and fathers followed from pregnancy to the postpartum period. The postdoctoral fellow will also interface with local government and private stakeholders in an effort to create translational community-based interventions to improve maternal-child health. Continue reading “Postdoc in Evolutionary Approaches to Maternal-Child Health in Southern California”
We’re delighted to announce another outing for the Spring School on Quantitative Methods at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. The recently-opened (2015) Institute is located in Jena, Germany. Further information, including the application form, is at the MPI-SHH website. Applications close January 20th.
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Our multidisciplinary research team is looking for a post-doctoral researcher for a three-year project “Learning from our past”, investigating life history, social integration and the influence of kin in forced migrants in a 20th century Finnish population. The deadline for applications is 31.12.2016. Continue reading “Post-doc position in human behavioural ecology in Finland”
The Department of Anthropology seeks to appoint an outstanding candidate at Lecturer (Assistant Professor) level to consolidate its strength in evolutionary approaches to cognition and culture. As a result of significant investment through RCUK and HEFCE funding, the department now has vibrant research programmes in comparative cognition, social learning and cultural evolution. The aim of this post is to consolidate this area and strengthen links between the study of cultural and cognitive evolution, as well as between evolutionary and socio-cultural anthropology. We welcome applications from exceptional scholars with research and teaching interests in the broad field of cognition and culture. Although the main requirement of this post is for the successful candidate to have synergies with members of the Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group, a proven track record of, or demonstrable potential for collaboration with scholars from both social and biological anthropology would be advantageous.
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 36 studentships per year to social scientists carrying out PhD studies, or Masters + PhD studies at its three partner institutions, including the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. Our first intake of funded students will be in the 2017/18 Academic Year.
In addition to covering the cost of all programme fees, those in receipt of a South Coast DTP studentship award will also receive an annual maintenance grant of £14,482 (2017/18 RCUK rate). South Coast DTP PhD students will also have access to additional funds for carrying out fieldwork, purchasing essential equipment and attending relevant conferences.
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As part of the continued growth of Psychology provision at Liverpool, we wish to appoint two Lecturers who have experience of contributing to successful taught undergraduate and/or postgraduate programmes. You will have extensive teaching experience in cognitive/forensic/social occupational psychology, delivered at all levels, and be fully conversant with external regulatory and professional accreditation processes, as well as more local quality assurance processes. You should have a degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or a related discipline and have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in Psychology. You will also have experience of undertaking and publishing research of at least a national standing, and/or have attained similar status in pedagogical research and the development of innovative learning and teaching strategies.
Position Description: The Department of Human Evolutionary Biology seeks to appoint a tenure-track or tenured professor in the fields of physiology or behavioral ecology, including, but not limited to, areas such as energetics, life-history, aging, immune function, and reproductive ecology. We are interested in candidates who address these fields from an evolutionary perspective in humans or non-human primates, and welcome candidates whose research includes fieldwork as well as laboratory-based studies (including on model organisms). The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2017. The appointee will teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department of Human Evolutionary Biology values diversity among its faculty, and we are committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community. We particularly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.
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The Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA) seeks to employ a Postdoctoral Researcher in Statistical Data Analysis on a 14-month fixed-term basis, based at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford. The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 17 November 2016.
For further details, including the job description. selection criteria and details about how to apply, please visit the following website https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form
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