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The aims of the Calleva Research Centre are to investigate key questions about the origins, development, causes and functions of human behaviour by bridging the humanities, and the social, cognitive, and biological sciences in an evolutionary framework. The Centre's work is embodied through successive three-year interdisciplinary research programmes that draw on unique collaborations between Magdalen Fellows working in these diverse fields.

The Centre was inaugurated in October 2010. Its first project brings together psychologists, neuroscientists, economists, evolutionary biologists and historians to study the ways in which human social behaviour develops and changes across the lifespan, and how these processes may vary across individuals from unique historical and cultural contexts.

The Centre is based in Magdalen College and organised within the governance of the College. The Centre's first Director is Dr Jennifer Lau, Tutorial Fellow in Psychology. The Centre was made possible by a generous donation.

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The aims of the Calleva Research Centre are to investigate key questions about the origins, development, causes and functions of human behaviour by bridging the humanities, and the social, cognitive, and biological sciences in an evolutionary framework. The Centre's work is embodied through successive three-year interdisciplinary research programmes that draw on unique collaborations between Magdalen Fellows working in these diverse fields.

The Centre was inaugurated in October 2010. Its first project brings together psychologists, neuroscientists, economists, evolutionary biologists and historians to study the ways in which human social behaviour develops and changes across the lifespan, and how these processes may vary across individuals from unique historical and cultural contexts.

The Centre is based in Magdalen College and organised within the governance of the College. The Centre's first Director is Dr Jennifer Lau, Tutorial Fellow in Psychology. The Centre was made possible by a generous donation.

    Developing and disseminating effective psychological therapies for anxiety disorders: science, policy and economics.

    Developing and disseminating effective psychological therapies for anxiety disorders: science, policy and economics.

    David M Clark (Oxford University) delivers a lecture at the third Calleva Research Symposium on Evolution and Human Science on 27 October 2012. David M Clark is Chair of Experimental Psychology here at Oxford, and since his arrival here last year has established the Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma. David is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Association for Psychological Science (USA) and Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (USA). He has an Honorary Fellowship of the British Psychological Society, and is Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association (2012). Among his many awards, David was voted a World Leader in Anxiety Disorders Research and the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Scientific Application of Psychology.

    • 48 min
    A social neuroscience perspective on adolescent risk-taking

    A social neuroscience perspective on adolescent risk-taking

    Laurence Steinberg (Temple University) delivers a lecture at the third Calleva Research Symposium on Evolution and Human Science on 27 October 2012. Laurence Steinberg is the Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He is a leading expert on psychological development during adolescence, and is the author of more than 250 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years; and the author of Adolescence the leading college textbook on adolescent development (now in its 9 edition). He was named as the first recipient of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize in 2009, one of the largest prizes ever awarded to a social scientist, for his contributions to improving the lives of young people and their families.

    • 55 min
    Social networks and evolution

    Social networks and evolution

    Nicholas Christakis (Harvard University) delivers a lecture at the third Calleva Research Symposium on Evolution and Human Science on 27 October 2012. The aims of the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College are to investigate key questions about the origins, development, causes and functions of human behaviour by bridging the humanities, and the social, cognitive, and biological sciences in an evolutionary framework. This symposium was chaired by the Director of the Centre Dr Jennifer Lau, Tutorial Fellow in Psychology. Nicholas Christakis directs the Human Nature Lab at Harvard University, and is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Nick is world renowned for his work showing how social networks can transmit not only obesity but also other health-related behaviors, including smoking, drinking and happiness. Nick's book "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives", has been translated into nearly twenty foreign languages. In 2009 and again in 2010, Nick was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of its' top global thinkers and listed in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2010.

    • 53 min

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