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:

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BPS303/vice-chancellors-fellow-in-psychology

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: http://bit.ly/motherinfanthealth

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

Location:
University College London,
188 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7PH

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:  http://bit.ly/eveningmotherinfanthealth

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 ehbea.secretary@gmail.com

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 (b.jaeger@uvt.nl) 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)

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).

Up-coming course: Social Network Analysis for Behavioural Scientists using R (SNAR01) delivered by Prof. James Curley

Course Overview:

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.

For more info click here

https://www.psstatistics.com/course/social-network-analysis-for-behavioral-scientists-snar01/

ESLR workshop. Call for applications!

The second Early-career Social Learning Researchers (ESLR, former YSLR) workshop is happening this year at the University of St Andrews, on 21st-22nd June. The workshop is aimed at early career researchers in any discipline in or related to the field of social learning and will provide a platform for interdisciplinary discussion on the state-of-art in the field. As an early-career research event, it also wants to help attendees develop interdisciplinary thinking and build a peer-support network of fellow researchers.

We invite applications by Master, PhDs and early-career postdocs whose work focuses directly on social learning or on topics relevant to the discussion. Participants are encouraged to present their work in the form of a poster.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and senior researchers from the University of St Andrews in an open-doors event. The workshop will conclude with a panel of senior researchers discussing the topic “Learnt Perspectives – 20 years of Social Learning” (confirmed panel guests so far are: Prof Malinda Carpenter, Prof Andrew Whiten, Dr Luke Rendell and Dr Monica Tamariz.

Applications can be submitted through the workshop website. The application deadline has been extended to April 20th.

Workshop info: workshop2018@yslr.co.uk

EvoBugs Bioanth Workshop: How Human Behaviour Impacts the Evolution of Pathogens and Vice Versa.

 

This is a free interdisciplinary workshop hosted by the newly formed Oxford Biological Anthropology Initiative (www.bioanth.ox.ac.uk) that brings together academics and students to explore a common research theme: how human behaviour both impacts and is impacted by the evolution of infectious diseases. The aim of the workshop is to get people thinking about how we can approach this research question through different methods and potentially investigate ways in which to collaborate in the future. In particular, the workshop will delve into such topics as the role of ancient DNA and osteological analysis in elucidating the spread of infectious diseases historically, parasite evolution in the face of host genetic diversity, and how we can model the spread of epidemics through the analysis of the phylogenetic history of pathogens. The afternoon will culminate in a lecture given by Prof Val Curtis on the evolution of disgust.

http://mailchi.mp/e8224e5fb92e/evobugs-oxbioanth-workshop-1196841

Northumbria University in Newcastle is hiring lecturers in (evolutionary) psychology

Northumbria University in Newcastle is looking to appoint several new lecturers to 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, psychophysiologic assessment tools, and wet labs for taking human samples. Please see the advertisement for further information:http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEU887/senior-lecturer-lecturer-in-psychology/