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.

Call for Studies: Meta-Analysis on self-percieved mate value and socio-sexual orientation (SOI) in men

Dear researchers, colleagues, and students,

Our team is conducting a meta-analysis on self-perceived mate value and socio-sexual orientation (SOI) in men. We are looking for any published or unpublished studies (e.g., manuscripts, doctoral dissertations, file drawer) or data on this topic.

Specifically, we are looking for studies that include:

  1. Any measure of self-perceived mate value. These may include the Self-Perceived Mate Value scales, the Mate Value Scale, or other measures of self-perceived attractiveness.
  2. Socio-sexual orientation (SOI or SOI-R) or Short-Term Mating Orientation

If you have any work on this topic, we would like include it in our analyses. Please send the study information (i.e. manuscripts, correlation and Ns of your studies, or raw data) at your earliest convenience, or feel free to contact us with any questions you may have to arotella@uoguelph.ca.

Ideally, we’d like to receive responses by July 26th, 2019. We understand that our request requires some effort; however, we would be very grateful if you were willing to help us out. We will cite all contributions appropriately in our paper.

 

Thank-you for your help in doing good science!

Amanda Rotella, Jessica Desrochers, and Steven Arnocky

University of Guelph and Nipissing University

arotella@uoguelph.ca

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Oakland University

The Department of Psychology at Oakland University (www.oakland.edu/psychology) invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor beginning Fall, 2019. Area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates with interest in teaching Research Design, Statistics, and a commitment to undergraduate teaching and student learning. A market competitive salary plus excellent fringe benefits are provided.

Qualified applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Psychology at the time of appointment and will be expected to teach sections of Research Design, Statistics, and other classes at the undergraduate level. Qualified applicants must demonstrate ability to engage undergraduate students in the classroom.

Oakland University is a nationally recognized doctoral research institution located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills in Oakland County, Michigan. The University has 132 bachelor’s degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Academics include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

Applicants must submit documents electronically at https://academicjobs.oakland.edu/postings. Include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 4) teaching philosophy, and 5) Diversity Statement. Arrange for the electronic submission of at least two letters of reference. Recommendation letters should address teaching skills, experience, and potential for future teaching. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Keith Williams, Search Committee Chair, william9@oakland.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately with a preference to fill the position by July 31, 2019. Oakland University is an equal opportunity employer, and women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

2nd Biennial Heterodoxy In Psychology Conference

January 9-12, 2020

Chapman University | Doubletree Hotel, Orange, CA

The Heterodoxy in Psychology Conference provides an interactive forum for the exchange of research and ideas that are ideologically and intellectually heterodox in the science, teaching, and practice of psychology and closely allied disciplines.

For details about the conference, including information about submitting paper or poster proposals:

www.chapman.edu/heterodoxyinpsychology

Social Cognition Position: University of Redlands

The University of Redlands invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology to begin September 2020. The successful candidate will specialize in Social Cognition broadly defined (research areas might include cognitive biases, heuristics, theory of mind, memory, attitudes, and/or error management theory) and teach six courses during the academic year. Courses may include: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and/or courses in the candidate’s specialty area.

The University values applicants who have experience working with students from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Candidates who apply are asked to identify their strengths and experience working with diverse student populations to accomplish curricular goals. The successful candidate will be expected to support the College of Arts and Science’s general education curriculum.

Founded in 1907, the University of Redlands is a liberal arts and professional institution in a town of 70,000 located 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The campus is surrounded by orange groves and sits at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, one hour from the coast and 45 minutes from Palm Springs.

To apply, go to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13883

New Video: Richard Alexander, interviewed by Mark Flinn

Conversations with the Pioneers of Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, and Psychology

On the Origin of the Evolution Revolution: Conversations with the Pioneers of Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, and Psychology

Co-edited by Barry X. Kuhle & Catherine Salmon
To be published by Cambridge University Press in 2020

Interviews with 14 HBES Pioneers

Bill Irons (43 minutes)
Bobbi Low (28 minutes)
David Buss (52 minutes)
Doug Kenrick (39 minutes)
John Tooby (25 minutes)
Leda Cosmides (30 minutes)
Mark Flinn (20 minutes)
Martin Daly (39 minutes)
Napoleon Chagnon (28 minutes)
Randy Thornhill (17 minutes)
Sarah Hrdy (Interviewed with Bill Irons; 97 minutes)
Steve Pinker (14 minutes)
David Sloan Wilson (36 minutes)
Ed Wilson (105 minutes)

https://www.hbes.com/on-the-origin-of-the-evolution-revolution/

PhD Scholarship: Sydney, Australia. Could economic inequality be slowing trends toward gender equity?

UNSW, Sydney has announced the latest round of prestigious Scientia PhD scholarships (http://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply). These positions are advertised by project, and one of our projects is listed. The scholarship includes:

Stipend Au$41,209 per year for 4 years
Career development: Au$ 10,000 per year (e.g. conference travel)
Tuition fees completely covered

Title: Could economic inequality be slowing trends toward gender equity?

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
As wealthy Western countries have progressed toward gender equity, differences between women and men in psychological traits, and conditions like anxiety and depression have, paradoxically, increased. One intriguing possibility is that rising income inequality among men and among women has changed incentive structures leading to wider gender gaps. Currently we know little about whether women and men respond differently to inequality.

This project includes experiments (conducted in person and online) and a cross-national study in order to understand individual differences in how people respond to inequality and changing global trends in behaviour.

IDEAL CANDIDATE
The candidate may have a background in evolutionary biology, psychology, behavioural ecology, anthropology, or economics. They will be committed to the empirical, theory-driven study of human behaviour and society.

Ideally they will have experience in research design and statistical analysis. Programming experience and advanced computer science skills may be useful.

The phenomena we study are often ideologically polarising, and require an ability to write and speak with clarity and nuance. Evidence of excellent writing and communication skills, in academic and/or non-academic contexts, would be ideal.

We value diversity of background and experience in our team. The cross-national nature of some of our work means experience working in a variety of cultures will be an asset.

SUPERVISORY TEAM:
– Scientia Professor Rob Brooks (UNSW Sydney) – https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/scientia-professor-robert-clinton-brooks
– Dr Khandis Blake (Melbourne University from July 2019) – https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-khandis-rose-blake
– Associate Professor Michael Kasumovic (UNSW Sydney) – https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/associate-professor-michael-matthew-kasumovic

HOW TO APPLY:
By 11 July 2019, you should complete the expression of interest for this project at:
https://www.scientia.unsw.edu.au/scientia-phd-scholarships/could-economic-inequality-be-slowing-trends-toward-gender-equity
These EOIs will be assessed, we will screen applicants at this time, and the two strongest expressions will receive an invitation to submit a full application to the scholarship competition.

To discuss the scheme, project and any other questions you have, please contact Rob Brooks (rob.brooks – at – unsw.edu.au) via email.

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.

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.

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Call for abstracts for the Social Neuroendocrinology Preconference at HBES 2019

We are delighted to offer the Connecting Minds in Social Neuroendocrinology and Evolution preconference again at HBES 2019 in Boston!

This preconference meeting is an opportunity to connect new and established researchers who are investigating the social influences and effects of both endogenous and exogenous hormones in the context of human evolution.

The preconference event will take place on the morning of Wednesday May 29th, before HBES begins. This event will include short DataBlitz presentations with a focus on preliminary data, plenary talks from researchers in the field, and a networking lunch open to all attendees.

We are pleased to announce two plenary speakers presenting at this event:

Dr Jon Maner, from the department of Psychology at Florida State University

Dr Patty Kuo, from the department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame

If you are interested in presenting in our DataBlitz session, please submit an abstract for consideration by April 20th (abstract decisions announced May 3rd). These brief talks open to all, but are particularly encouraged from undergraduate/postgraduate students or postdoctoral researchers. DataBlitz talks should emphasize new and/or preliminary research findings.

Please contact Amanda Hahn (amanda.hahn@humboldt.edu) or Jaime Palmer-Hague (Jaime.PalmerHague@twu.ca) with any questions regarding this event or for late registration.