The Evolution and Human Adaptation Program supports work by faculty and students at the University of Michigan in the area of evolution and human behavior, including work relevant to Darwinian medicine.

The program organizes a series of seminars throughout the academic year, and provides contacts for students to get advice, support and sometimes research money to pursue work in this area.

The program does not offer a degree, so prospective students should apply through specific departments. The departments of Psychology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychiatry and Biology are the most involved in the program.

This semester we are extreamly excited to contribute to the Jaffe Symposium.

Jaffe Symposium RSVP form

Website: http://consumption.umich.edu/JaffeSymposium/

View full program HERE.

This conference is designed to create an interdisciplinary dialogue on the psychological and biological consequences of security versus scarcity. Both are broadly construed to include phenomena from early developmental conditions across species to financial decisions in human adults. The conference includes speakers from a diversity of perspectives and methods–including economic inequality, life history theory, childhood adversity, attachment theory, neuroendocrinology, and animal behavior–with an eye toward uncovering connections across areas. The goal is to create a unified conceptual platform that introduces attendees to high quality, basic science research on how security versus scarcity promote unique and adaptive life strategies, on the basis of evolved biological and psychological mechanisms. To promote an open, accessible dialogue, this academic conference is open to the public and includes a day of short, engaging, and accessible talks (e.g., TED style) on Friday the 6th, after a full-length plenary opening talk on Thursday evening the 5th.

Students may submit presentation proposals by September 12th.

For more information on the conference or student presentations please email JaffeSymposium@umich.edu.

This conference was made possible by a generous gift from Martin Jaffe, MD, the Department of Psychology and the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program (EHAP).


Thursday, October 5th, 2017

(4448 East Hall, no registration required)

6:00-6:30 PM Opening reception (light appetizers)
6:30-6:45 PM Welcome and Introductions
6:45-7:45 PM Keynote Address by Dr. Nathan Fox: The Lasting Effects of Early Adversity

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Full Day Meeting (for registered participants, Pendleton Room at the Michigan Union)
8:00-9:00 AM Continental breakfast
9:00-9:15 AM Introduction
9:15-9:45 AM Katie Hinde Mother’s Milk: Building a Baby’s Brain and Behavior
9:50-10:20 AM Robin G. Nelson Matters of the Home: Institutional Care, Child Growth, and Familial Cultures in the Caribbean
10:20-10:40 AM Coffee break
10:40-11:10 AM Dr. Sarah E. Hill Growing Up Poor Promotes Eating in the Absence of Hunger
11:15-11:45 AM R. Chris Fraley What Makes People Secure or Insecure in their Relationships?
11:45-12:15 PM Open morning discussion
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30-2:00 PM Steven Gangestad Hormones, Security, and Scarcity: It’s About Getting in Tune
2:05-2:35 PM Elizabeth Archie A Multitude of Insults: Cumulative Early Adversity Predicts Lifespan in Wild Baboons
2:35-3:00 PM Break
3:00-3:30 PM Michael Norton Wanting, Voting, and Paying for Greater Equality
3:30-5:00 PM Open Afternoon Discussion & Student Presentations
5:00-6:00 PM Happy Hour – Pendleton Room
6:00-8:00 PM Dinner for speakers – Welker Room

See you there!