Javea Workshop on Social and Evolutionary Psychology

Social Psychology and Evolutionary Psychology: Integration and Progress

Dates: 26th of March (arrival and welcome dinner) till 28th of March 2020 (final dinner with live music). This is a couple of days before the EHBEA conference in Krakow, Poland. There are many direct flights to Alicante, the airport closest to Javea.

Organizing universities: University of Groningen, Arizona State University and University of Valencia

Number of participants: minimally 15, maximally 20

Scientific committee:

Vaughn Becker, Arizona State University, USA

Abraham P. Buunk, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Robin Dunbar, University of Oxford, UK

Douglas T. Kenrick, Arizona State University, USA

Karlijn Massar, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Ferran Suay i Lerma, University of Valencia, Spain


Local organizer: Abraham P. Buunk, a.p.buunk@rug.nl

Participants: A maximum of 20 people, with a balance will between junior and senior scholars, men and women, North Americans and Europeans, and evolutionary and social psychologists.

Location: Hotel Costamar, Javea, Province of Alicante, Spain. http://hotelcostamarjavea.es/

This decent and clean hotel is located a few metres from the beach in the old port of Javea. The city of Javea has a characteristic old town, with narrow streets and tosca stone buildings, a spectacular coast line, and a relatively unspoiled, beautiful inland with canyons, mountains and quaint little villages.

Registration fee: € 150,-. This includes three dinners in various restaurants, drinks, a guided tour through the old town of Javea, a social event with paella and live Cuban music, and a down payment for the hotel.

Hotel rates: We can happily just benefit from the low season rates. For the workshop, one needs three nights. Rates per night:

Single room: without sea view € 35, with sea view € 40,- (limited availability)

Double room: without sea view € 60, with sea view € 65,-, and with sea view and balcony € 70,-

Some participants may be booked in another hotel, a minute walking distance away.

Hotel rooms should be booked through Abraham Buunk.


Nearly 110 years ago, what may be considered as the first textbook in evolutionary psychology was published by William McDougall with the title An introduction to social psychology (1908). While over the years adaptionist approaches gradually disappeared from social psychology, these are now making a comeback. However, although currently more than before in social psychology reference is made to the potential evolutionary background of social behavior and cognition, in many mainstream textbooks in social psychology much relevant evolutionary work is ignored. At the same time, in evolutionary psychology often no attention is paid to relevant work in social psychology, for example on mate selection, person perception, altruism, aggression, sex differences, intergroup conflict, ostracism, and leadership. The goal of this workshop is to promote the integration between social psychology and evolutionary psychology, and to examine the progress that has made in this respect over the past years. The focus will be on evolutionary explanations of many well-established effects and theories in social psychology as well as on the potential contributions of mainstream social psychology to insight into the adaptive functions of human behavior. Each speaker will have 25 minutes for his or her presentation, with 15 minutes of discussion.


The workshop is in principle open to all interested scholars.

Abstracts of 100 words that fit the goals of the workshop can be submitted no later than December 1st  2019 to Abraham Buunk, a.p.buunk@rug.nl.

No later than January 15th, participants will be informed whether or not their paper is accepted, and will receive travel information.

ISBE 2020 – Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for ISBE 2020. If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration, you must also intend to register for the Congress. Online submission for an oral or poster presentation is the only method of receipt of abstracts.


Call For Abstracts Date
Abstract submissions open Wednesday 2 October 2019
Abstract submissions close Monday 2 March 2020
Notification to authors Tuesday 12 May 2020
Authors acceptance of offer Tuesday 26 May 2020
Registrations Date
Congress registration opens Monday 3 February 2020
Early bird registration closes Tuesday 26 May 2020
Speaker registration closes Tuesday 26 May 2020


Oral presentation: A standard oral presentation to be delivered in a themed session.

Poster presentation: Poster presentations to be held in dedicated evening sessions with drinks.


The following themes are broad and inclusive and may assist with guidance for your submission.

  • Altruism and cooperation
  • Anthropogenic change
  • Applied animal behaviour
  • Behavioural genomics
  • Behavioural plasticity
  • Contests
  • Communication
  • Conservation behaviour
  • Endocrine mechanisms
  • Foraging
  • Host-parasite interactions
  • Human behaviour
  • Learning and cognition
  • Life histories
  • Mating systems
  • Movement
  • Neurophysiological mechanisms
  • Outreach
  • Parental care
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Sensory ecology
  • Sexual selection
  • Social behaviour
  • Welfare

For further details on how to submit please visit the website

A free public symposium: Impact of Early Life Deprivation on Cognition

              Join the live webcast! “Impact of Early Life Deprivation on Cognition: Implications for the Evolutionary Origins of the Human Mind” is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) and UCSD/Kavli Institute for Brain & Mind (KIBM) on Friday, October 11th (1:00-5:30 pm Pacific), co-chaired by Paula Tallal (Salk Institute) and Faraneh Vargha-Khadem (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health).
              Unlike the case with most other animals, much of human brain development and maturation occur after birth, a process that continues into early adulthood. This unusual pattern allows for greater influences of environment and culture on the emergence of the adult mind. Ethical considerations disallow most experiments that might address the interactive contributions of nature and nurture in this process, which likely played a key role in the origins of the human species and in the evolution of distinct features of our minds. For similar reasons the relative importance of various factors cannot be easily studied, nor teased part.
              This symposium will address the matter to the extent possible based on available evidence, ranging from experiments by ancient monarchs and lessons from “feral” children of various kinds, to the follow-up of Romanian orphans, etc. while addressing comparative and neurobiological issues.
Access the live webcast here on October 11:

International Society for Behavioral Ecology Congress 2020 (ISBE 2020)

International Society for Behavioral Ecology Congress 2020 (ISBE 2020)
27 September – 2 October 2020
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia



The International Society for Behavioral Ecology is pleased to announce that the 18th International Behavioral Ecology Congress will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia from Sunday 27 September to Friday 2 October 2020.

ISBE congresses are held every two years and attract a lively mix of behavioral ecologists at all career stages from around the globe.

There is an exciting program, which includes top-notch plenaries, as well as oral and poster sessions presenting the latest research.  Blind reviewing of abstracts, ISBE travel support for students and participants from developing nations, and free onsite child care ensure the widest participation.  And as a break from the science there are mid-congress excursions and a well established football tournament – the hottest fixture in international football!

The Organising Committee invites you to join us in Melbourne in 2020.  To stay abreast of the latest updates and news regarding the Congress, please register your interest here.

Key Dates:

  • Call for Abstracts Opens: Wednesday 2 October 2019
  • Call for Abstracts Closes: Monday 2 March 2020
  • Registration Opens: Monday 3 February 2020
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: Tuesday 26 May 2020

RECRUITMENT – Research Associate in Cross-Cultural Psychology

The Project

Low-income communities around the globe are experiencing rapid and accelerating increases in access to visual media via the internet and satellite television alongside substantial changes in diet, which put them at ever increasing risk of body dissatisfaction, eating disorders and related pathologies.  And yet, there is no evidence base demonstrating the best means of preventing these becoming entrenched.  There is thus an urgent need to develop body-image resilience education suitable for communities experiencing novel exposure to globalisation.  The current project takes the first steps in developing such a program in rural Nicaragua, and will build an international and multi-disciplinary research network across three continents to gather crucial data in determining the likely viability of this program in multiple research sites.

Applicants can learn more about our previous work in Nicaragua here: http://www.dur.ac.uk/l.g.boothroyd/NEBP/

The Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cross-Cultural Psychology. The candidate will run a pilot trial of a school-based media-literacy and body-positive intervention in remote communities on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, and will support the PI and collaborators in collating and analysing survey and qualitative data from three additional countries.

Closing date:                                    04 September 2019 at 12.00 Noon


The Royal Institution event – Masters of Science: Chris Stringer

Chris Stringer is one of the world’s foremost paleoanthropologists. He is a founder and most powerful advocate of the leading theory concerning our evolution: Recent African Origin or ‘Out of Africa’. He has worked at The Natural History Museum, London since 1973, collaborating with scientists across all the disciplines of paleoanthropology, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society, with over 200 papers and books to his name.

Join him in conversation with Clive Cookson, Science Editor at the Financial Times, as part of the FT Weekend Magazine’s ‘Masters of Science’ series which showcases the scientists at the forefront of some of the world’s most exciting research.

Chris will talk about the remarkable changes over the last 15 years in palaeontologists’ views of human evolution. A simple story of Hom​o sapiens moving out of Africa about 60,000 years ago to conquer the world has become a complex ebb and flow of different hominins across and between continents.


Date And Time

Mon, 5 August 2019
19:00 – 20:30 BST


The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
United Kingdom

New funding programme: The evolution of science and religion as meaning-making systems

We are delighted to announce an approximately $3 million funding programme for research on the evolution of science and religion as meaning-making systems, with funds and support provided by the Templeton Religion Trust and the Issachar Fund. This programme seeks to utilize the tools and insights of evolutionary and behavioral science to explore conflict and complementarity in the science-religion relationship, and to better understand and inform narratives about this relationship. We will explore the deep origins, universal dispositions, and cross-cultural variations of these meaning-making systems, to build a big-picture view of the evolution of science and religion across human cultures. A variety of awards are available, from doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to early/mid/senior career research grants. Deadlines are 05 September 2019 for expressions of interest, and 15 November 2019 for invited full applications. For more information and the full RFP, please visit http://people.brunel.ac.uk/~systmep/rfp.pdf.

Abertay University is looking for a Lecturer in Psychology

Permanent Full-Time (Part-time options available)

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 Applied Sciences.

The School of Applied Sciences delivers programmes and applied research in the areas of biomedical science, nursing and counselling, psychology, forensic science, food science, natural built environment and sport and exercise. There has been significant growth in the School’s research output in recent years with some subject disciplines leading the rankings for research intensity for modern Universities in Scotland in REF2014.

Reporting to the Head of Division, you will provide specialist subject knowledge and input into teaching and research in psychology. We particularly welcome psychologists with the competence to teach advanced psychological research methods using R, and whose research aligns with the priorities of the Division (although applicants from any cognate area will be considered). We welcome applications from early career researchers, and will consider applications for part-time or flexible working.

You will be expected to take a role in the further advancement of this subject area, through continued development of your research publication profile, external engagement and provision of high quality teaching. In addition you will contribute to the delivery of psychology modules across the curriculum, supervision of undergraduate dissertations and development of post graduate research.

The role requires you to work both independently and collegiately and be able to demonstrate good interpersonal, organisational and communication skills and have an ability to take initiative.

If you believe you have the skills and experience for this exciting and challenging role, please submit your application through our online recruitment system, which can be found at  https://www.abertay.ac.uk/discover/work-here/jobs/

CALL FOR PAPERS: Cognitive Science of Nationalistic Behavior (CSNB) – Evolutionary and cross-cultural perspectives

The Journal of Cognition and Culture (Brill) is hosting a special issue (edited by Dr Michal Fux, Northeastern University) on the role of cognitive science in nationalistic thought and behaviour (CSNB). Spurred by the rise in popularity of nation-based separatist movements following an era of a steady move toward globalization, the editing team is interested in filling a surprising scholarly gap by establishing a wide explanatory framework / cognitive model for CSNB thoroughly integrated with what is known about human cognition and its evolution.

Up to this day, the study of nationalism has focused mainly on understanding it as an exogenous motivational force which requires explanation. The kinds of explanations on offer were based in the assumption that nationalistic ideas were the cause for certain behaviors and beliefs, rather than the reverse relationship, which would suggest that the widespread nature and receptiveness towards nationalistic ideas stems, in part, from the engagement of basic cognitive mechanisms.

Many psychologists study cognitive systems that are relevant to understanding CSNB, but do not frame it in that context. Scholars in other disciplines also study themes surrounding ‘nationalism’ but few (if any) collaborate with each other, particularly across disciplinary lines. Integrating interdisciplinary, evolutionary informed, and cross-cultural/national expertise, would bring together the understanding of the nature of nationalistic (and other political) ideas and their likelihood of capturing human cognition, moving us closer towards a Standard Model of CSNB.

We invite submissions, empirical and theoretical, from scientists who resonate with this approach and have been studying a cognitive mechanism/system/theory related to aspects of nationalistic thought and behaviors, such as (but not limited to)-  symbols (e.g. flags, anthems), shared narratives or myths of common ancestry, preoccupations with “stranger-danger”, claims to land, appeal to socially constructed categories (e.g. religion/ethnicity/race), and boundary demarcating idioms such as “Motherland” “Homeland” or “The Country”.

Successful submissions will make strong links between cognition and nationalism, even if their data (in the case of empirical papers) was not collected for that purpose, the theoretical link should be clear and compelling. Ultimately, this special issue is meant to foster a network of researchers who, together, will be instrumental in specifying a Standard Model and, eventually, illuminate the motivations behind participation in nationalistic movements.

Manuscript Submissions

Interested contributors should submit a 750-word proposal (PDF, Word, or Google Doc) to m.fux@northeastern.edu. Evaluation of proposals will start on May 1st, 2019 on a rolling basis; early submissions are encouraged. Dr Fux will send out invitations for full manuscripts. Final manuscripts will be due on September 1st, 2019.

Editorial Information


Dr Michal Fux
CORE Lab, Department of Psychology
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

(617) 373-3335



The aim of this event is to gather students and young researchers to provide with an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas on science and careers. It will be held on Wednesday, April 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm after the poster session at the conference venue, UT1 Capitole.

Graduate students will have the opportunity to ask questions on either general research topics, empirical results, methodological and conceptual bottlenecks they encounter during their work, or on careers in academia.Experienced researchers will be there to answer students questions and to give them advice.

If you want to come to this event, please follow this link to register. (registration deadline is April 15th)


Our experts EHBEA 2019:

Alexandra Alvergne – Institute of Social & Cultural Anthropology (Oxford University)

Colette Berbesque – University of Roehampton

Heidi Colleran – Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Adrian Jaeggi – Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM) – University of Zurich

Jeremy Koster – University of Cincinnati

Dario Maestripieri – University of Chicago

Eleanor Power – London School of Economics (LSE)

Jonathan Stieglitz – Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST)

Mark van Vugt – VU University Amsterdam