Friday August 12th: GWAS and intelligence

Friday August 5 th: Darwin in Mind: New Opportunities for Evolutionary Psychology

Friday July 29 th: What have GWAS told us about for complex traits?

  • Presenter Timothy Bates
  • Papers
    • E. Turkheimer (preprint) Genome Wide Association Studies of Behavior are Social Science
    • J. Yang, B. Benyamin, B. P. McEvoy, S. Gordon, A. K. Henders, D. R. Nyholt, P. A. Madden, A. C. Heath, N. G. Martin, G. W. Montgomery, M. E. Goddard and P. M. Visscher. (2010). Common SNPs explain a large proportion of the heritability for human height. Nature Genetics, 42, 565-9.
    • P. M. Visscher, M. E. Goddard, E. M. Derks and N. R. Wray. (2011). Evidence-based psychiatric genetics, AKA the false dichotomy between common and rare variant hypotheses. Molecular Psychiatry [http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/mp.2011.65]
    • J. Yang, S. H. Lee, M. E. Goddard and P. M. Visscher. (2011). GCTA: a tool for genome-wide complex trait analysis. American Journal of Human Genetics, 88, 76-82.
    • J. Yang, T. A. Manolio, L. R. Pasquale, E. Boerwinkle, N. Caporaso, J. M. Cunningham, M. de Andrade, B. Feenstra, E. Feingold, M. G. Hayes, W. G. Hill, M. T. Landi, A. Alonso, G. Lettre, P. Lin, H. Ling, W. Lowe, R. A. Mathias, M. Melbye, E. Pugh, M. C. Cornelis, B. S. Weir, M. E. Goddard and P. M. Visscher. (2011). Genome partitioning of genetic variation for complex traits using common SNPs. Nature Genetics, 43, 519-25.
    • J. Yang, M. N. Weedon, S. Purcell, G. Lettre, K. Estrada, C. J. Willer, A. V. Smith, E. Ingelsson, J. R. O'Connell, M. Mangino, R. Magi, P. A. Madden, A. C. Heath, D. R. Nyholt, N. G. Martin, G. W. Montgomery, T. M. Frayling, J. N. Hirschhorn, M. I. McCarthy, M. E. Goddard and P. M. Visscher. (2011). Genomic inflation factors under polygenic inheritance. European journal of human genetics : EJHG, 19, 807-12.

Friday July 16 th Heritability and complexity

  • Presenters Gary Lewis and Tim Bates
  • Paper L. G. Conway, 3rd, D. P. Dodds, K. H. Towgood, S. McClure and J. M. Olson. (2011). The biological roots of complex thinking: are heritable attitudes more complex? Journal of Personality, 79, 101-34.

Friday July 8 th Why (distally) are you so angry?

  • Presenters Gary Lewis and Tim Bates
  • Paper : A. Sell, J. Tooby and L. Cosmides. (2009). Formidability and the logic of human anger. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106, 15073-8.
  • replication study

Friday June 17 th Body image

  • Presenter Rhona Kennedy

Friday June 10 th Field trip

Friday June 3 rd: "Do you often appear miserable or unhappy?"

Thursday May 26** Special meta-edition: 5-HTTLPR and the amygdala

Friday May 13 th: Double header: genetic basis of religion and personality fitness

  • Presenters Gary Lewis and Mark Adams

Friday May 06 Evolution of prosociality

Friday Apr 15 Spatial variation and limited phenotype-environment matching drive the evolution of boldness, dominance, and sociability

Friday Apr 8 Sociability and fitness

Friday Apr 1: Updating faith and worship

Friday Mar 25 You're a Good Man, Capability Brown: Capability models of class

Friday Mar 18th Field Trip to Living Links

Friday Mar 11th Evolution and body dissatisfaction

Friday Mar 4th Q: Are humans still evolving? A: Yes.

  • Presenters Vanessa Wilson and Mark Adams
  • Paper D Nettle. Evolutionary perspectives on the Five-Factor Model of personality. In Buss & Hawley (eds.) The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences.
  • Documentary Are We Still Evolving?

Friday Feb 25th The trouble with saying 'no'

Friday Feb 18 Top 10 issues in social science

Friday Feb 11 Genetic, socioeconomic, intelligence, and health gradients

Friday Feb 4: Creativity

Friday Jan 21 Personality Correlates of Decision Making under Risk

Friday Dec 10: Feedback circuits – Genetics of susceptibility to depression

Friday Dec 3: The base and apex of needs: evolutionary revisions of Maslow's hierarchy

Friday November 26 Genetics of personality and personality disorders

  • Presenter: Vanessa Wilson
  • Paper: Distel MA et al, (2009) The Five-Factor Model of Personality and Borderline Personality Disorder: A Genetic Analysis of Comorbidity, Biological Psychiatry 66, 1131-1138 DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.07.017

Friday November 19: Orchid people: resilience, G × E, and phenotypic plasticity

Friday November 12: Mendelian Randomization

Friday November 5th: Theories of the Big 5

Friday October 29th: Reproductive strategies and conspecific monitoring

Friday October 22nd: Nonhuman primate theory of mind

Friday October 8th: Why are bodies symmetrical, and why do symmetrical bodies have smarter brains?

When: March 5, 2010

What: Vazire. Who knows what about a person? The self–other knowledge asymmetry (SOKA) model. J Pers Soc Psychol (2010) vol. 98 (2) pp. 281-300 (| pdf)

Question: are self- and peer-ratings capturing different things?

Who: Mark & Alex

Moral fixation

When: March 12, 2010

What: Rozin, P., Haidt, J. and Fincher, K. (2009). Psychology. From oral to moral. <i>Science</i>, <b>323</b>, <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1170492">1179-80</a>.

Who: Round-table discussion

Individual quality

When: March 19, 2010

What: Wilson and Nussey. What is individual quality? an evolutionary perspective. Trends Ecol Evol (2009) [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2009.10.002">10.1016/j.tree.2009.10.002 | doi] (| pdf)

Who: Mark

Pass Go, collect $200

When: March 26, 2010

What: The role of genes in determining social status under different regimes of inequality and social mobility.