Important COVID-19 Information Regarding HBES Activities

The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing situation that is causing much uncertainty for universities and scientific societies. The HBES Executive Council is continuously monitoring the situation and will communicate with the membership as new updates become available. Below, we have important information regarding upcoming HBES activities. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this difficult time.

 

HBES 2020

Dear HBES Community:

Following discussion with the HBES Executive Council, HBES 2020 in Detroit is cancelled. This is due to the current global spread of COVID-19 and uncertainty regarding public health and travel in the foreseeable months. All HBES 2020 conference registration fees will be refunded via PayPal. Abstract submissions have not been reviewed and will not be carried forward to the 2021 conference.

This decision was difficult to make but we and the HBES Executive Council felt it is the responsible course of action. We apologize for any inconvenience and are deeply disappointed that there will be no HBES conference this year. HBES 2021 will be in Palm Springs, California.

Please contact us at hbes2020@gmail.com with any questions.

Sincerely,

Todd Shackelford and Viviana Weekes-Shackelford

 

 

HBES Funding Grants

Dear HBES Community:

 

Due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, HBES will not be entertaining or funding proposals for the spring deadlines which include the General Funding Grant (due May 1) or the Student Funding Grant (due March 31). We apologize for any inconvenience this causes for event planning. We will reevaluate the fall deadline for the General Funding Grant (due Nov 1) and communicate with the membership when new updates are available.

 

Please contact HBES President Leda Cosmides with any questions, president@hbes.com.

 

Sincerely,

HBES Executive Council

Two positions in psychology at Newcastle University.

Two positions are available to join the School of Psychology, and the Behavioural Science and Psychology research theme at Newcastle University. Appointments will be made at lecturer or senior lecturer level. One post is focused on cognitive psychology, whereas the specialism for the other is open. Newcastle has existing strengths in comparative, evolutionary and biological psychology, among other areas. We are open to expanding our research capacity in all directions.

Further details are available at:
https://jobs.ncl.ac.uk/job/Newcastle-LecturerSenior-Lecturer-in-Cognitive-Psychology/591723501/
https://jobs.ncl.ac.uk/job/Newcastle-LecturerSenior-Lecturer/591715301/

Evolutionary Medicine Summer Institute (EMSI) at North Carolina State University

We invite students, postdocs, faculty, public health practitioners, physicians, and veterinarians to the annual Evolutionary Medicine Summer Institute (EMSI) at North Carolina State University from May 17th to May 22, 2020, sponsored by the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) and organized by Brian Wiegmann (NCSU), Charles Nunn (Duke University) and Meredith Spence Beaulieu (Duke University).

EMSI will bring together internationally recognized experts in evolutionary biology with students and health practitioners who want to apply these perspectives to cancer, infectious disease, evolution of microbial resistance, neurology, autoimmune disease, the microbiome, and more. Mornings will feature lectures and exercises that are designed to instill an understanding of the core concepts in evolutionary medicine. In the afternoons, we will break into subgroups for training on specific evolutionary methods, including phylogenetics, molecular evolution, and evolutionary epidemiology, including introductions to key computational approaches. We will periodically regroup to share these findings across fields, and to promote a deeper understanding of the material and concepts through explanation to those in other disciplines. The evenings will include short talks by local experts on topics in evolutionary medicine, and time for further discussions and networking.

The Summer Institute offers a unique opportunity to learn foundational principles and gain hands on experience with evolutionary methods that are applicable to specific health challenges. In addition to this training, we offer the opportunity to network and build collaborations for scientists and practitioners across disciplines. To facilitate networking, teams will form to initiate short papers that present evolutionary perspectives on specific diseases, which will be submitted as “Clinical Briefs” to the journal Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, potentially resulting in a short publication for interested participants.

Registration for EMSI is $325 without housing and $525 with housing.
Please direct questions to Meredith Spence Beaulieu (meredith.spence.beaulieu@duke.edu) or Courtni France (cnf12@duke.edu).

You can apply at this website: https://sites.duke.edu/emsi/what-is-emsi/
Applications are due March 20, 2020.

Abstract submissions for the Culture Conference 2020 are now open!

Abstract submissions for the Culture Conference 2020 are now open!

Submissions should be relevant to this year’s theme of “Evolutionary Perspectives on Culture”. Abstracts for talks and posters up to 300 words will be accepted until 20th March. Poster submissions also have the option of a 5-minute lightning talk.

This year we’re doing a blind review of all abstracts so please ensure your submission contains no author names, affiliations or other potentially identifying information. Please email cultureconference@stir.ac.uk with your anonymised abstract in a separate attachment.

We are also offering grants for presenters who are students, on low incomes or with high costs associated with attending such as childcare requirements. For more information please email us or see our website: www.culture-conference.com.

We expect that conference registration will open around mid-April, keep an eye on our Twitter feed (@CultConf) and our website for updates

5-year Research Fellow position available at University of Portsmouth

5-year Research Fellow position available as part of ERC Consolidator grant ‘Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins’ at University of Portsmouth

 

The University of Portsmouth is a dynamic and ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, it is also ranked 21st in the 2020 Guardian League Table University Guide, and 113th in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

We are seeking to appoint a full-time, 5-year Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth, Department of Psychology, Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, as part of European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant FACEDIFF “Individual differences in facial expressivity: social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins” awarded to Professor Bridget Waller.

The Research Fellow will develop, conduct and manage laboratory based cognitive and behavioural experiments with human participants at the University of Portsmouth. The experiments will focus on social interaction, nonverbal behaviour and facial expression processing. The Research Fellow will use the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) and Social Network Analysis and conduct statistical analysis on the data using R. The Research Fellow will work closely with a PhD student and Research Associate on the project as well as other staff in a large inter-disciplinary research team. The goal for this part of the project is to conduct a series of behavioural and cognitive experiments as a comprehensive analysis of individual differences in facial expressivity. We are seeking a passionate, experienced and skilled researcher to join our team. Relocation expenses are available (please see the University of Portsmouth relocation expenses policy).

 

For advert details, see here.

Call for Papers: Psychological Perspectives on Culture Change (American Psychologist)

Call for Papers:  Psychological Perspectives on Culture Change

Important Dates

Paper proposals due: March 31, 2020

Decisions on paper proposals: April 30, 2020

Manuscripts due: July 31, 2020

 

Guest Editors:

Michael E. W. Varnum, PhD, Arizona State University

Igor Grossmann, PhD, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

 

Advisory Editor:

Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, American Psychologist Associate Editor

 

Aims of the Special Issue

The goals of this special issue are (a) to draw together research and theory from the emerging psychology of cultural change to promote a deeper and more systematic understanding of cultural dynamics and (b) to promote a more rigorous approach to this research enterprise going forward. We are especially interested in manuscripts that provide theoretical explanations for specific patterns of change that are relevant to psychologists and lay people alike (e.g., e.g., increasing levels of anxiety, decreasing levels of prejudice yet increasing frequency of hate crimes)  and manuscripts that provide insight into the dynamics of cultural change writ large (e.g., Why do some shifts occur rapidly vs. slowly? What factors might make a society more susceptible to change in general?). To meet the goal of increasing rigor in this emerging field, we also ask that authors include where feasible concrete predictions for the future using time series forecasting methods. This is especially encouraged if your manuscript presents original research and is also strongly encouraged if your manuscript reviews a previous program of research that did not contain forecasts. By doing so, we hope to encourage a shift from the current largely descriptive/postdictive approach to studying cultural change to a truly predictive science.

 

Background

We live in an era of dramatic change and upheaval, a reminder that human societies are not static. How and why do cultures change? In recent years, psychological scientists and others have begun to quantify large-scale changes in our psychology, behavior, norms, and societies.

 

This increasing focus on cultural change has been enabled by the Big Data revolution, greater access to archival sources, and the integration of theory and methods from a variety of fields outside of psychology, including econometrics, computer science, and evolutionary biology. This has led to a number of discoveries about how our cultures are changing.

 

Yet a number of key challenges and opportunities remain for this emerging field. Can psychological scientists move beyond documenting patterns of change to testing theories about the causes of such shifts? Beyond explaining the past, how can behavioral scientists approach forecasting what human minds and societies might look like in the future? Our hope in this special issue is to begin to address these questions and to lay out a roadmap (both theoretical and methodological) for researchers to follow in the future.

 

Manuscript Submission

Paper proposals are due March 31, 2020 and should be emailed to one of the guest editors:

Michael E. W. Varnum, PhD: mvarnum@asu.edu

Igor Grossmann, PhD:  igrossma@uwaterloo.ca

 

Decisions on proposals and invitations to submit full manuscripts will be emailed to potential contributors by April 30, 2020.

 

Full manuscripts should comply with American Psychologist’s submission guidelines (including manuscript length) which can be found on the American Psychologist home page. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the journal submission portal by the deadline of July 31, 2020.

Job Postings at Brunel University London, Centre for Culture & Evolution

Brunel University London is recruiting at all levels at the Centre for Culture and Evolution @CCE_Brunel. For Reader/Professor, we are looking to recruit in the area of cross-cultural psychology and individual differences (https://careers.brunel.ac.uk/vacancy/readerprofessor-of-psychology-cce—13347-409584.html). At L/SL level, looking to recruit in areas of behavioural ecology, cross-cultural psychology, evolutionary anthropology, and/or evolutionary psychology (https://careers.brunel.ac.uk/vacancy/lecturersenior-lecturer-in-psychology-cce—13348-409565.html).

HBES 2020 Detroit Website is Live

The HBES 2020 Conference website is now live! The conference will take place June 24-27, 2020 in Detroit, MI.

Plenary speakers have been announced. Abstract submissions will open January 31, 2020.

 

More conference details to come!

UCLA’s new Ph.D. Program in Communication

UCLA’s new Ph.D. Program in Communication is now accepting applications for its first class starting in Fall 2020!

 

Whether you are looking for a graduate program that will expand your opportunities into academia, or are planning to pursue a career in industries requiring advanced analytical research experience, this program is designed for you.

 

UCLA’s new Ph.D. Program in Communication will offer students rigorous interdisciplinary training from world-renowned faculty at the forefront of communication research. The program will center on three main areas of study: Communication and Cognition, Computational Communication, and Political Communication.

 

As a student of this program, you will

  • Design a research project that will address inquiries impacting the field and enrich your personal academic development
  • Receive close guidance from your faculty mentor who will support your first and second year projects that will culminate in a Ph.D. dissertation
  • Be trained in cutting-edge communication methodologies that will hone your empirical skills, knowledge, and analysis
  • Gain proximity to technology and communication industries in the vibrant and global city of Los Angeles
  • Build a resume that makes you highly sought after within both academia and industry

 

The application is now live!

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2019. Learn more about the program, funding, and the application process at https://comm.ucla.edu/graduate/program. The site also provides an overview of our UCLA Communication department faculty and their groundbreaking research projects in the communication and technology field.

 

For further inquiries, please email gradprogram@comm.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-1703. We are excited to hear from you!

Assistant Professor of Social Psychology opening at VU Amsterdam

The social psychology group at the VU Amsterdam is hiring an Assistant Professor (for five years).  The application deadline is 31 December 2019. Research faculty includes Daniel Balliet, Francesca Righetti, Jellie Sierksma, Josh Tybur, Jan Willem van Prooijen, and Paul Van Lange.

For more information: https://werkenbij.vu.nl/ad/assistant-professor-in-psychology/4vz1dl

This position is within the research program in the Social Psychology section which adopts a strong interdisciplinary and international orientation to research, theory, and methods. We are searching for a candidate whose research focuses on psychological, economic, and evolutionary perspectives on social interactions, including trust and cooperation, between individuals and groups. The section is particularly interested in expanding their expertise in the direction of using agent-based modeling and simulations to study human cooperation.