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

https://recruitment.durham.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=019871

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.

https://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2019/august/public-masters-of-science-chris-stringer

Date And Time

Mon, 5 August 2019
19:00 – 20:30 BST

Location

The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
London
W1S 4BS
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

Editor:

Dr Michal Fux
CORE Lab, Department of Psychology
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
m.fux@northeastern.edu

(617) 373-3335

EHBEA2019 SOCIAL EVENTS > MEET THE EXPERTS (FOR STUDENTS)

Aim:

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: michael.price@brunel.ac.uk

Or visit: www.brunel.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/Culture-and-Evolution-MSc

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 (a.v.newman@northumbria.ac.uk) 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:

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