Adult Speaker Series:Evolutionary Psychology

Date: May 13, 2019 19:00:00

Dr. Paul Siakaluk was born and raised in Calgary, AB. He received his undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Calgary, and his PhD at the University of Alberta. He taught at the University of Southern Mississippi for two years prior to his arrival at UNBC in 2004. Dr. Siakaluk is a cognitive psychologist whose research interests during the past decade have focused on understanding how bodily experience contributes to the formation and retrieval of word meaning. One of Dr. Siakaluk’s intellectual interests is evolutionary psychology, and he has taught such a course at UNBC multiple times.

Since the re-emergence of evolutionary thinking in scientific psychology in the mid-1980s, various schools of evolutionary psychology have been advanced. In this talk I will present the core, foundational assumptions and theoretical considerations of the (original) school of evolutionary psychology developed by David Buss, John Tooby, Leda Cosmides, Margo Wilson, and Martin Daly. I will also present research findings in the areas of sexual jealousy and (if time allows) cheater detection as “case studies” in how an evolutionary perspective may, or may not, be useful in better understanding human psychology.

Doors open at 6:45pm

Lecture at 7pm

Q+A after the lecture

Cash beer and wine bar.

As always, this event is free thanks in part to generous support from the Prince George Community Foundation and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.

Event is in the atrium, galleries will be closed.