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Psychology Colloquium Series: The Social Leap

When: Monday, December 3, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM  

Where: Norris University Center, Northwestern Room 202, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Public

Contact: Tomeka Bolar   847.491.4994

Group: Department of Psychology

Category: Academic


Dr. Bill von Hippel, of The Universit of Queensland, will speak at Northwestern as part of the Department of Psychology’s Colloquium Series.

The most fundamental aspects of our psychology were permanently shaped by the "social leap" our ancestors made from the rainforest to the savannah. In their struggle to survive on the open grassland, our ancestors prioritized teamwork over physical prowess, creating a new form of social intelligence that set the stage for our rise to the top of the food chain. In this talk I trace our evolutionary history over the last six million years to show how events in our distant past guide our lives today, and how they suggest a different approach to the study of social functioning.


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