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For Academics, Professionals and Students of Psychology we present:

Drivers of Human Nature: Life History, Sex and Personality


We are pleased to announce our Inaugural Public Lecture and Social Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology Symposium.  The public lecture and keynote address will be presented by one of the world’s most influential psychologists, Professor David Buss, University of Texas at Austin.

October 5th, 6:00pm-7:30pm – ISN Psychology Public Lecture and Q&A featuring Professor David Buss – Copland Theatre, Carlton

The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating – David M. Buss, Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question, we must look into our evolutionary past. This talk delves into the complexities of human mating strategies, starting with the largest study of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than 10,000 people from 37 cultures worldwide. It presents a unified theory of human mating. Drawing on a wide range of examples of mating behavior—from lovebugs to elephant seals, from the Tiwi of Northern Australia to online dating apps—the talk reveals what women want, what men want, why people commit infidelity, and why the desires of the genders radically differ. Love has a central place in human sexual psychology, but conflict, competition, and manipulation pervade human mating—something we must confront in order to control our own mating destiny.

October 6th, 1:00pm-5:00pm – Drivers of Human Nature: Life History, Sex and Personality Symposium – Kenneth Myer Building, Parkville

Life history theory relates to the allocation of resources for survival and is dependent on how evolution has shaped us to optimize our reproductive success. According to this theory we face a fundamental trade-off when allocating energy and resources between effort that we devote to our own development and reproductive effort.  How we allocate these resources and how our biology changes to adopt and drive behavior depends on the nature of our environment.  This seminar series will examine human behavior and our biology and how it is altered by environmental pressures.

Overlaying these environmental influences are an evolved set of behaviours that influence reproductive success.  We will explore how morality is defined within this context, how physical attributes, conflict and self-recognition increase the likelihood of reproductive success and enhance reproductive fitness.

ISN Psychology will be launching our $5 million research funding scheme to assist researchers from all over the country to conduct research in areas of its core vision and mission, and in particular to explore optimal life history strategies for mental well-being, overall health and behaviour.

Symposium Program:

1.00 PM Welcome – Prof Tony Paolini, CEO and President, ISN Psychology

1.10 PM Benefits of Slowing life History: ISN Psychology Research Funding Scheme – Dr Jim Penman, Director, ISN Psychology

1.30 PM Life history strategies, psychopathology, schema, and expectations – A/Prof Phil Kavanagh, University of South Australia

1.50 PM The ecology and socioecology of country-level rates of the Dark Triad traits – Dr Peter Jonason, Western Sydney University

2.10 PM Should we all eat less? Immunological consequences of calorie restriction – Prof Stephen Kent, La Trobe University

2.30 PM The Seven Pillars of Sexual Morality – Dr Kelly Asao, University of Texas, Austin

2.50 PM Lumbar curvature: an evolved standard of attractiveness – Dr David Lewis, Murdoch University

3.10 PM Mirror, mirror, on the wall: Why is it good for me to know what I look like at all? Considering the adaptive value of self-recognition – Dr David Butler, Kyoto University

3.30 PM Break

3.50 PM Keynote Address: Sexual Conflict in Human Mating – Professor David Buss

4.40 PM Forum Q&A

5.00 PM Event Concludes

For more information please contact at reception on (03) 9456 9188 or at reception@isn.edu.au

To register a place at this event click here.