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News & Events

See Dr. Broesch in the video 'Why Study Psychology?' on SFU FASS Youtube page.

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Congratulations to our doctoral candidate, John Corbit on his recent publication in Nature, "The ontogeny of fairness in seven societies".  November, 2015

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Congratulations to Senay Cebioglu on completing her comprehensive exam!

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Congratulations to Hilary Aime on her acceptance into the clinical masters program at SFU and for her SSHRC masters thesis award!


Departmental Colloquium - Dr. Joseph Henrich, UBC

Title: The Secret of our Success

Location: Halpern Centre 126, SFU Burnaby Campus

Date and TIme: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:30pm

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.

Abstract:

Long before the origins of agriculture or the rise of cities, our species spread out across the globe into an immense diversity of environments, from the frozen tundra of Siberia and the arid deserts of Australia to the malarial swamps of New Guinea and the tropical forests of South America. Our immense ecological success in these environments depends not on our vaulted intelligence or rationality, or on any array of local genetic adaptations as in other species. Instead, human survival and success depends on the inheritance of large bodies of non-genetic culturally-transmitted information that accumulates and aggregates over generations, often through largely unconscious cultural learning processes. The evolution of complex cultural products, which include sophisticated technologies, extensive number systems and intricate practices (e.g., food processing techniques), is heavily influenced by the open flow of cultural information among individuals, suggesting that the size and social interconnectedness of populations should be causally linked to the accumulation of cultural know-how, the size of its toolkits, and the sophistication of its technology. This view of humans suggest that understanding the origin and rate of innovation requires—in part—focusing on sociality, on the nature of human social relationships, networks and population structures.


Congratulations, John!

John Corbitt, a Ph.D student in the Culture and Development lab, placed 2nd in the 2015 Pioneer 8K race that took place on January 11th. Click here to watch his interview with Athletics Illustrated.


Developmental Area Seminar Series

Come join us at the Developmental Area Seminars held biweekly here in the Psychology department. Discussion will be lead by Dr. Tanya Broesch and will cover a variety of topics relevant to developmental psychology. For topic listings and location information please visit SFU's psychology department webpage.