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 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

New MSc Culture & Evolution!

Degree emphasizes cross-cultural psychology, evolutionary psychology, and biological and cultural evolution. As a student you’ll learn about these approaches, conduct an original research project, & have work placement option.

Want to know more?

Please contact course director Dr Michael Price with any queries:

Or visit:

EHBEA Student travel grants

EHBEA are again running their draw for travel grants to this years conference. There are 10 awards of €100, and all students going to the conference are eligible to enter, unless you won the travel grant last year. Travel grants will be awarded randomly in a lottery style, and therefore the only thing you must do to enter is to email our student rep ( with your name.

The draw will close on the 8th April at 12pm GMT and winners will be notified soon afterwards.

CARTA 10th Anniversary: Revisiting the Agenda

         Join the live webcast! “CARTA 10th Anniversary: Revisiting the Agenda” is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Saturday, March 23rd (1:00-6:00 pm PT), co-chaired by Fred Gage (Salk Institute) and Pascal Gagneux (UC San Diego).
         More than 20 years ago, a small group of La Jolla academics began periodic meetings for transdisciplinary discussions on anthropogeny (explaining the origin of humans) – an effort that blossomed into an international intellectual collaboration organized by UC San Diego and the Salk Institute as the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA).
         At the formal opening of CARTA, just over 10 years ago, a group of CARTA leaders and advisors attempted to “define the agenda”.  Much additional relevant information has since emerged, and an expanded group of experts will now revisit the agenda by addressing the following questions on a broad array of selected topics:  What do we know for certain?  What do we think we know? What do we need to know?  How do we proceed? – Effectively, a whirlwind tour of many but not all approaches to anthropogeny.
        Access the live webcast here on March 23:

Fellowship in Psychology at Northumbria University in Newcastle (UK)

Northumbria University in Newcastle (UK) is advertising a Fellowship in its Psychology department. The department has an active Evolutionary research group, together with areas of strength in health, technology, nutrition, cognition, and perception, and a wide range of resources such as a DEXA body composition scanner, 14-camera Vicon motion capture suite, and wet labs for taking human samples. Please see the advertisement for further information:

Who cares? Workshop on caregiving and mother-infant health

Who cares? Introducing evolutionary approaches to caregiving and mother-infant health

Join us for aninterdisciplinary workshop bringing evolutionary approaches to mother and infant health, with special focus on social support. Explore how different disciplines approach support and why it’s essential for maternal-infant health. Open to any interested researcher or professional from a range of academic and non-academic backgrounds.

In evolutionary anthropology, the importance of wide and diverse social support networks for maternal and infant health is widely acknowledged. However, in public health and non-evolutionary social sciences ‘support’ is often poorly defined, with a strong nuclear family bias regarding caregiving. This workshop will bridge this disciplinary gap by facilitating dialogue and collaboration between evolutionary anthropologists and those with overlapping interests in other fields.

The workshop will consist of a series of research presentations, discussions and activities focusing on caregiving and mother-infant health. From our experience, the greatest challenges in interdisciplinary settings are theoretical misconceptions and language barriers. By opening the workshop with theoretical overviews and defining key terminologies, we will establish common ground and ensure meaningful discussions. At the end of the workshop we will bring these discussions together to reflect on how the different issues highlighted over the course of the day complement each other (or not), and how these can be reconciled into a ‘practical guide’ of interdisciplinary work on maternal and child health.

Following the workshop there will be a wine reception and a public lecture titled “Beyond the nuclear family: an evolutionary perspective on childrearing” by Professor Rebecca Sear of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This lecture will discuss how our species has evolved a cooperative form of childrearing, where women get help from others to raise their children, and the implications for support (or its lack) for childrearing on child and maternal health.

The workshop is funded by a grant from the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association and we will provide food and drinks throughout the day. We are charging a nominal fee to attend the workshop to encourage on-the-day attendance. Of the £4.32 fee £3 will be spent on food and drinks and the reminding £1.32 covers administration costs including VAT. Please follow the link to book:

Date and Time:
Mon, February 11, 2019
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

University College London,
188 Tottenham Court Road

Public lecture:

Join us for an cross-disciplinary public lecture titled “Beyond the nuclear family: an evolutionary perspective on childrearing” by Professor Rebecca Sear of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This lecture will discuss how our species has evolved a cooperative form of childrearing, where women get help from others to raise their children, and the implications for support (or its lack) for childrearing on child and maternal health.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception and snacks. This is a free event, open to any interested person from both academic and non-academic backgrounds. Please follow the link to book:

The workshop is funded by a grant from the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association and supported by UCL Anthropology.

Committee members required!

EHBEA does these things:

  • finds hosts for the annual EHBEA conference
  • awards the EHBEA New Investigator Award
  • fund workshops and student grants
  • act as info forum for the EHB research community in Europe
  • other useful things

In order to do these things EHBEA needs a committee. There are four steering committee members and four other committee members. Each committee member is elected for a three-year term.

Two positions are up for election this year, to take up their position in April 2019:

  1. President (SC) (outgoing: Ruth Mace)
  2. Secretary (SC) (outgoing: Ian Rickard)

Please do consider standing for one of these positions if you would like to support your society and have a say in its future directions. Or why not ask someone else if they have considered standing? You could nominate them. Either way, hard-working and dedicated people are needed to help EHBEA work and grow into the future, and perhaps you or someone you know could be one of them?

The nomination deadline is 30/11. Members have received a nomination form in their email a few weeks ago. If you have joined recently, get in touch to be sent a form. Any questions? Please email Ian on

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Research Collaboration Opportunity

We are 40+ researchers from varying institutions around the world (mainly Western Europe, some with access to non-WEIRD samples) who would be willing to collect data for a study that is relevant for the field of human behavior and evolution. The study could be a replication of an influential finding, or a novel study investigating a question that is of general interest to the field. It should be possible to run the study in the lab (max. 30 minutes) without any specialized equipment or software.

If you are interested in using our network to coordinate a collaborative multi-lab project, please contact Bastian Jaeger ( with the following information:

(1)   a short description of the research question and hypothesis and why it is of special importance to the field,

(2)   the name of the original paper (in case it is a replication),

(3)   the expected length of the study, and

(4)   what materials would be required.

Let me know if you have questions about our participant pools or anything else. In case multiple researchers are interested in using the available capacities, we will try to combine the studies into one study package that is administered simultaneously. Otherwise, the participating researchers will vote on which project to carry out.

*** You can also contact me if you are interested in contributing to this project by collecting data for a study proposed by somebody else ***

Aleksandra­ Szymkow (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities), Bastian Jaeger (Tilburg University), Ben Jones (University of Glasgow), Christoph Schild (University of Copenhagen), Curtis Atkisson (UC Davis), Daniel Farrelly (Unicersity of Worcester), Daniel Nettle (Newcastle University), Dirk van Rooy (Australian National University), Emily Emmott (University College London), Emma Henderson (Kingston University), Eric Schniter (Chapman University), Florian van Leeuwen (Tilburg University), John Komar (Nanyang Technological University), Jonathan Schukz (Harvard University), Jordann Brandner (Kansas State University), Josh Ackerman (University of Michigan), Julia Jünger (University of Göttingen), Julie Driebe (University of Göttingen), Koko Ikeda (Chukyo University), Lars Penke (University of Göttingen), Lisa DeBruine (University of Glasgow), Manpal Bhogal (University of Wolverhampton), Meesha Warmington (University of Sheffield), Miguel A. Vadillo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Monica Koehn (Western Sydney University), Natalia Dutra (Durham University), Nathan Dhaliwal (University of British Columbia), Nicholas Grebe (Duke University), Olmo van den Akker (Tilburg University), Paula Sterkenburg (VU Amsterdam), Rhea Howard (Harvard University), Rita McNamara (Victoria University of Wellington), Ruben Arslan (Max Planck Institute for Human Development), Ryan Schacht (East Carolina University), Adil Saribay (Bogazici University), Shannon McCutcheon (Colorado State University), Simon Columbus (VU Amsterdam), Tanja Gerlach (University of Göttingen), Thomas Richardson (University of Manchester), Tobias Kordsmeyer (University of Göttingen), Victor Shiramizu (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte), Willem Sleegers (Tilburg University)