Invitation to Contribute to Encyclopedias

Todd Shackelford (Psychology, Oakland University) is curating two new encyclopedias, and would like to extend an open invitation to prospective authors interested in contributing entries. Prospective authors are also encouraged to recommend colleagues or graduate students to contribute entries.

The Springer Nature Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence will be a comprehensive encyclopedia of domestic violence, and will include over 2,000 entries from authors across a wide array of disciplines.

The Springer Nature Encyclopedia of Sexual Psychology and Behavior will be a comprehensive encyclopedia of evolutionary perspectives on sexual psychology and behavior, and will also include over 2,000 entries from authors across a wide array of disciplines.

For additional information about either of these encyclopedias, or for a complete list of available entries, please contact Editor-in-Chief Todd Shackelford ( or Section Editor Gavin Vance (

Seeking subject matter expert nominees: future of human welfare, evolution, and societal change

Hello! We apologize for this intrusion, but we are eager to capture the insights that experts in your field have to offer into a big-topic debate: the near and longer-term future of human welfare and societal change. For example, whether advances in our understanding of cultural evolution or behavioral genetics or gene editing technology will have positive or negative influences on human welfare. We refer to any area of societal change (e.g., economic conditions, public health, freedoms, happiness, life expectancy, functional institutions, technological innovations, peace, education, social capital), seeking to understand whether such conditions will improve, stay the same, or worsen in the future.

To this end, we are asking for confidential nominations about the most relevant, prolific, and well-respected experts in your field who study issues related to the future for humanity, cultural evolution and societal change. Self-nominations are welcome. Top nominees will be invited to share their insights—and eventually share a distillation of these expert opinions with the academic community and society at large.


Provide your input here!

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology invites submissions for a forthcoming special issue on Evolutionary Criminology.  The goal of this special issue is to advance the understanding of how, and in what ways, an evolutionary framework can be applied to understand criminal behavior.  In the past several decades, research examining the connection between evolutionary processes and criminal behavior has gained momentum across multiple disciplines, such as psychology, criminology, and the biological sciences.  With this in mind, this special issue seeks to combine papers from diverse fields of study, that employ different methodologies, and focus on various topics relevant to evolutionary criminology.  All submissions should be submitted via Evolutionary Psychology’s manuscript submission portal at:  The deadline for papers to be received is October 1st, 2022.


Any questions can be directed to the guest editors of the special issue:


Kevin M. Beaver, Ph.D.

Florida State University


Bridget Joyner, M.S.

Florida State University

Call for Data: Meta-Analysis on Personality, Intelligence, Physical Size, and Social Status

Michael Grosz, Robbie van Aert, and Mitja Back are currently conducting a meta-analysis on correlations of personality traits, cognitive abilities, physical size with social status in face-to-face groups (including social influence, attention, admiring respect, popularity, and leadership emergence).

Inclusion criteria:
•We include only studies with groups that had face-to-face contact.
•We include studies that measured the following social status variables: social influence, attention, admiring respect, leadership emergence, likeability (popularity) or the like.
We do not include studies that measured socioeconomic status (income, education, wealth) , formal status positions in organizations (CEO, manager, formal leadership position), or occupational prestige.
•We do not include studies that measured only self-reported social status variables.
•Studies should have additionally measured personality (e.g., Big Five, Dark Triad, personal values, altruism), cognitive abilities (objectively assessed), or physical size (e.g., height, muscularity).
•Participants’ average age should be 16 years or older.

They would be very grateful if you could e-mail unpublished or recently published studies and data to You can find further information and the inclusion criteria at

Call for Unpublished Papers on Moral Economic Behavior for Meta-Analysis

Christian T. Elbaek, Panagiotis Mitkidis, Lene Aarøe, & Tobias Otterbring are currently collecting data for the first meta-analysis on how material scarcity (such as food scarcity, water scarcity or financial poverty) and self-regulatory-resources, respectively, affects moral economic behavior. Specifically, we are looking for studies with behavioral dependent measures of economic cheating, which also entail studies that use hypothetical choices as a measure of behavior.

Therefore, if you are currently conducting research within this area and have current working papers, unpublished papers or papers under review, we kindly ask you to reach out to us, so we can include such research into our meta-analysis.

If you are in doubt of whether your paper would fit the criteria of such a meta-analysis, we also strongly encourage you to reach out to us, as we want to exhaust all opportunities for including relevant research in our meta-analysis.

The pre-registration of the meta-analysis can be found at

Please contact corresponding author Christian T. Elbaek with any enquiries using the below information:

Tel: +45 8716 4945

Warmest wishes,
Christian T. Elbaek, Panagiotis Mitkidis, Lene Aarøe, & Tobias Otterbring.

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 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:

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

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.



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:

Igor Grossmann, PhD:


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.

The 4th Brazilian Meeting on Evolution of Human Behavior 23-27 Mach 2020

About the Conference:

The 4th Brazilian Meeting on Evolution of Human Behavior is an international scientific conference aiming to discuss the human mind and behavior holistically, analyzing the origins and causes of human behavior, its changes, development, and social impact, creating an integrative understanding and basis for application in various areas. In addition to its scientific impact, the event is expected to create and strengthen collaborations among world and Brazilian researchers and students.

Date and place: 23rd and 27th of March 2020, University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil.

Keynote speakers: Martie Haselton (USA), Paul Vasey (Canada); Catherine Salmon (USA); David Puts (USA); Tabita Hünemeier (Brazil); Dennis Werner (Brazil)



  1. Feminist Perspective in Evolutionary Psychology (Maryanne Fisher, Canada, together with the Brazilian collective “Maria Emilia – (R)evolutionary women”)
  2. Human Sexuality from the Evolutionary Perspective (Catherine Salmon, David Puts, Paul Vasey)
  3. Comparative Study of Development: Environmental effects (Briseida Resende, Patricia Izar, Nicolas Chaline)


Besides, we plan approximately 5 thematic oral sessions, and one poster session, depending on the number of abstract submissions.

Abstract submissions: Abstract submissions are open until November 10th 2019. We encourage submissions of empirical or theoretical studies focusing on the mind and/or behavior of humans and other animals based on evolutionary or ethological perspectives.

Key deadlines:

Abstract submissions: Nov 10th 2019

Notification of Acceptance:  Nov 25th 2019

Conference registration: Early bird until Dez 1st 2019

For more details please see our website:

And Facebook:

Organizers: Jaroslava Varella Valentova; Anthonieta Looman Mafra; Marco Antonio Correa Varella

Funding: FAPESP

Call for proposals: ROPH’20 Conference on Research on Political Hostility

The Research on Political Hostility (ROPH) Project at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) are pleased to open this call for proposals for the ROPH’20 conference on research on political hostility. The conference will take place at AIAS on January 23-24, 2020.

About the Conference

Democratic societies are facing a new challenge: Frequent and intense online political hostility. Hostility is apparent in conversations about politics between citizens, and between elites, and is arguably also a defining feature a lot of “fake news”. The ROPH’20 conference takes stock of our current knowledge about online political hostility and identify the next big questions we need to solve. The backbone of the conference will be a series of plenary talks by leading figures from diverse academic disciplines including political science, communication science, and psychology. The conference will also host roundtable discussions with practitioners and two poster sessions to facilitate dissemination of cutting-edge research. We expect considerable interest from representatives of media and practitioners. The ROPH’20 conference marks the launch of the five-year Research on Online Political Hostility (ROPH) project, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Keynote speakers

Diana Mutz, Michael Hogg, Sander van der Linden, Lilliana Mason, Stephan Lewandowsky, Jason Reifler, Alexandra Siegel, Luke Glowacki, Patricia Rossini, and Michael Bang Petersen

Submission of poster proposal

An important aim of the conference is to facilitate networking in an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners interested in political hostility, broadly defined. Accordingly, there will be great emphasis on the two poster sessions hosted during the conference. Each poster session will be held at a central location of the venue, will be accompanied by either drinks or snacks and will contain a select number of presenters to avoid overcrowding.

We invite both junior and established researchers interested in causes, consequences or counter-measures related to political hostility to submit 300-word abstracts proposing a poster. The conference embraces interdisciplinarity, and is open to submissions from all fields, but we particularly welcome submissions from political science, psychology, communication science, anthropology, and computer science. The deadline for submission is Oct 28 and decision letters will be send out in early November. To submit your proposal, click here.

Participants who will not present papers are also welcome to attend the conference.

Key deadlines:

  • Poster proposals: Oct 28 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance:  Nov 5 2019
  • Conference registration: Jan 9 2020

For more details please see our website:

18th Annual Evolutionary Psychology Preconference at SPSP

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to announce the 18th Annual Evolutionary Psychology Preconference at SPSP, which will take place Thursday, February 27th, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

More information can be found at our webpage, and you can register now on SPSP’s website.

We have an incredible lineup of speakers, including:

On the heels of last year’s successful break-out lunch session, we’re again offering attendees a chance to gain practical insight from leading minds. Douglas Kenrick & Steven Neuberg (Arizona State University) will lead this year’s session: “Marketing Yourself as an (Evolutionary) Social Psychologist.” (This session is free for registered attendees.)

We will also feature a poster session and a data blitz session. We encourage both graduate students and faculty to submit their work for presentation. Abstract submissions will open on 10/1 and will close on 11/22 at 11:59pm. Presenters will be notified in early December, well before the early-bird registration deadline. Presenters can submit via our webpage.

Feel free to reach out with questions. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
– Co-organizers Jaimie Arona Krems (Oklahoma State University) & Michael Barlev (Arizona State University)