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18 Oct

PC/155

Elizabeth Cashdan
University of Utah

Evolutionary and environmental influences on spatial cognition


Abstract:

Spatial ability is phylogenetically ancient and shows a surprisingly robust sex difference in humans and in some other species, where it is also related to sex differences in mobility. This has suggested to evolutionists that sex differences in human spatial ability and navigation are evolved features, and that to understand them we need to understand the selection pressures that shaped them. In this talk, I first discuss evidence on how two proposed selection pressures (mating competition and parenting risks) may shape sex differences in mobility and spatial reasoning. I then use cross-cultural data to show how these differences vary by habitat (tropical forest vs. savanna, and grid vs. old cities), in response to the different navigational challenges posed in different environments.


Elizabeth Cashdan is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah. She has conducted fieldwork with foragers in Botswana and Tanzania, using the theoretical perspectives of evolutionary ecology and evolutionary psychology. She is currently principal investigator on the interdisciplinary Spatial Cognition and Navigation (SCAN) project, which aims to understand how mobility affects navigation and spatial cognition, and how these vary by gender and cross-culturally. She has recently begun another project to study the development of these abilities in children.
25 Oct

PC/155

Jill Jacobson
Queen's University



TBA

Host: Paul Andrews
8 Nov

PC/155

Shinobu Kitayama
University of Michigan

TBA

Host: Sukhvinder Obhi
15 Nov
MINDS Colloquium
11.15.2018 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
29 Nov

PC/155

David Feinberg
McMaster University

TBA

Host: David Feinberg

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