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Evolution, Mind, and Behavior Conference at UCSB
Fall Quarter 2004
Joint UCLA-UCSB Conferences held quarterly by
UCSB’s Evolution, Mind, and Behavior Program (EMB) and
UCLA’s Human Nature and Society Program (HNAS)
Saturday 6 November 2004
Location: State Street Room, University Center (UCEN), UCSB
(see directions below)
10:00 AM Breakfast buffet opens
10:30 AM First talk: Robert Warner, Sex change, 'social selection', and what's new in an adaptive view of sexual expression.
12:00 PM Lunch (UCEN, no host)
1:30 PM Second talk: James Roney, Homology as evidence for adaptation with an example from mating psychology.
3:00 PM Coffee break
3:30 PM Third talk: Daniel T. Fessler, Grossness in all its glory: Some evolutionary musings on disgust.
5:30 PM Adjourn for no-host dinner, Ming Dynasty (see below)
Robert Warner UCSB Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology email
Sex change, 'social selection', and what's new in an adaptive view of sexual expression.
James Roney UCSB Department of Psychology email
Homology as evidence for adaptation with an example from mating psychology.
Blood sugar break
Daniel T. Fessler UCLA Anthropology email
Grossness in all its glory: Some evolutionary musings on disgust.
Abstract. Conceptualizing emotions as discrete adaptations (or the products thereof) can shed substantial light on subjective experience, decision making, and the relationship between these processes and culture. Disgust provides a ready target for such an enterprise, as it is both relatively understudied and of importance in a number of highly fitness-relevant domains of behavior. Conventional accounts of disgust either a) constrain evolutionary explanations of this emotion to simple matters of ingestion, or b) postulate questionable anxiety-reducing functions revolving around issues of existential terror. Arguing for a more thoroughly adaptationist portrait of this emotion, I will present results from a number of studies that, I suggest, illuminate the nuanced functioning of a complex evolved mechanism. Disgust is nonrandomly distributed across the body, has a sex-specific effect on risk-taking, varies in a domain-specific fashion across the menstrual cycle, mediates inbreeding avoidance responses, exhibits patterned changes with age, and is elevated during early pregnancy. In turn, these and other findings hint at the origins of a number of prominent cultural patterns, including incest taboos, food taboos, and a sex-based division of labor in foraging societies.
Self-funded dinner at Ming Dynasty
(Ming Dynasty 805-968-1308, 290 Storke Road, at the intersection of Storke and Hollister in Goleta. In the unlikely event you are coming from 101, take Storke exit North of UCSB).
Cosponsored by the UCSB Center for Evolutionary Psychology and the UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution and Culture. This event is organized as a working seminar for faculty and graduate students. For their generous support of this conference, we thank the UCSB Division of Math, Life, and Physical Sciences, the Division of Social Sciences, and the College of Letters and Sciences. For more information, please contact Leda Cosmides or John Tooby or call 805-893-8720.
UCLA and UCSB will hold a conference once a quarter, alternating between the two campuses.
Map of the UCSB campus (University Center is at coordinate F3)
There may be car pools coming from UCLA; ask Alan Fiske and Clark Barrett.
Take 101 North toward Santa Barbara. There is a double exit (Patterson; then 217 UCSB / Airport). Take the 217 UCSB exit. Follow the signs to campus (when road forks, take the left fork)
When you come into UCSB from 217, there is a UCSB gate & kiosk. Stop there to get a campus map. Turn left onto Lagoon Road (ocean on your left), then RIGHT onto Ucen road, and park in one of the lots.
UCSB will honor parking stickers issued by UCLA, as long as these are prominently displayed on the lower left side of your windshield. If you do not have a UCLA sticker, please note that parking has changed at UCSB. You cannot park in places marked "Enforced 24 hours". Other spaces are numbered and you need to get a ticket, which can be bought from a machine in the parking lot. The closest lot is #3 (but this has a number of illegal spaces, so be careful). Other close lots are #7, 9, and 4. See map for lot location.