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The Leipzig School of Human Origins

c/o Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 252
fax: +49 (0) 341 3550 119
e-mail: leipzig-school@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research groups

Human Behavioral Ecology and Developmental Psychology (Director: Richard McElreath)

Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture (MPI, McElreath)

Faculty of Life Sciences, Cognitive and Biological Psychology (LU, Schröger)

>>> Example topic areas for PhD projects in Human Behavioral Ecology and Developmental Psychology:

  • Individual, cultural, and developmental variation in social and individual learning
  • Function and variation in strategic social learning strategies, such as conformist learning, success-biased learning, and prestige-biased learning
  • Development of attention and its relation to learning
  • Comparative study of cognition and culture in humans and non-human primates
  • Processing of self-generated events, influence of experience and sense of agency, in developmental and cross-cultural perspective
  • Relationship between learning, development, and cultural dynamics of a population
  • Impacts of formal schooling on cognition and cultural dynamics
  • Co-development of memory, relevance, and other cognitive processes with cultural dynamics
  • Human life history evolution and function, especially in relation to culture and cooperation
  • Dynamics of kinship concepts and systems, relationship to life history theory
  • Cultural evolution of technology and ontogeny of individual skills

See Projects (http://www.eva.mpg.de/ecology/projects.html) at the Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture for further examples.