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Contact

The Leipzig School of Human Origins

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

phone: ++49 (0) 341 3550 122
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 Education, Early Child Development and Culture (UL, Haun)

Faculty of Life Sciences, Cognitive and Biological Psychology (UL, 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.