Rutgers to host 14th annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society meeting

NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. Are there differences in the way men and women react to threats to personal safety? Do women think taller men are better providers? Does your walking speed reveal your socioeconomic status? What is the evolution of humor and laughter?

More than 400 leading scholars and students will explore these and other questions at the 14th annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) meeting to be held June 19 to 23 on the Rutgers' College Avenue campus in New Brunswick. Presentations will run 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. June 20-22 and 8:30 a.m. to noon on June 23.

Sponsored by Rutgers' anthropology department and Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, the five-day meeting will feature more than 250 presentations of the latest research findings on evolutionary theory and the quest to better understand human nature.

"This meeting is the single most important international forum for cutting-edge work on the links between evolution and human behavior," said Lee Cronk, associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers and meeting chair. "Our ability to attract this meeting to Rutgers testifies to the leading role that our institution has played in the study of human nature from its beginnings in the 1960s with the work of Robin Fox and Lionel Tiger to the more recent flowering of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology."

Presentations will be given by world-renowned academics including Timothy Birkhead of the University of Sheffield in England; David Buss of the University of Texas; Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, both of the University of California-Santa Barbara; Helen Fisher, Robin Fox, Dieter Steklis, Lionel Tiger and Robert Trivers, all of Rutgers; Steven Gangestad, Geoffrey Miller and Randy Thornhill, all of the University of New Mexico; Randolph Nesse of the University of Michigan; Craig Palmer of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; and Wulf Schiefenhvel of the Max-Planck Institute for Behavioral

Contact: Rochelle Runas
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

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