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David Braun (Associate Professor, George Washington University)

Catherine Beck (Assistant Professor, Geosciences, Hamilton College)

Chris Campisano (Associate Professor, Arizona State University)

Susan Coiner-Collier (Postdoctoral Fellow, Ravosa Lab, Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame)

Melanie Crisfield (Brunel Library, Brunel University London)

Lisa Danish (Lecturer, Nazareth College & Guest Scientist, German Primate Center)

Rolando de Aguiar

Bria Dunham (Clinical Assistant Professor, Program in Health Science, Sargent College, Boston University)

Andrew Gerkey (Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Oregon State University)

Adam Heinrich (Instructor, History and Anthropology, Monmouth University)

Padmini Iyer (The Human Generosity Project)

Purity Kiura (Research Scientist, National Museums of Kenya)

Chris Lepre (Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory)

Emily Lynch (Visiting Researcher, Biology, University of Turku)

Robert Lynch (Postdoctoral Researcher, Biology, University of Turku)

Jack McCoy (Instructor, History and Anthropology, Monmouth University)

Stephen Merritt (Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, Birmingham)

Luca Morino (JSPS Research Fellow, Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science, Kyoto University)

Nancy Moinde-Fockler

Jackson Njau (Associate Professor, Geological Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington)

Michael Pante (Assistant Professor, Colorado State University)

Briana Pobiner (Research Scientist & Museum Educator, Smithsonian)

Kari Alyssa Prassack (Chief Paleontologist/Curator, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument)

Rhonda Quinn (Associate Professor, Anthropology, Seton Hall University)

Jay S. Reti (Lecturer, University of California, Santa Cruz)

Sarah Schaefer (Research Associate, Anthropology, Rutgers)

Darcy Shapiro (Lecturer, Rutgers)

Marc Shur (Co-Chair, Math and Sciences, Berkeley College, NYC)

Ron Smith

Montserrat Soler (Anthropology, Montclair State University)

Helen Wasielewski (Postdoctoral Fellow, Aktipis Lab, Psychology, Arizona State University)

Pam Weis (redcat webdesigns)

Darine Zaatari

Frank Batiste

batiste frank 72ppiAdvisor: Dr. Lee Cronk

RESEARCH INTERESTS
My research interests are primarily centered on Theory of Mind (ToM), the ability to interpret others' behavior in terms of underlying mental states—a key skill underlying human sociality. More specifically, I am interested in understanding what factors may influence individuals' ability to make these attributions and how this affects our ability to form coalitions, cooperate and coordinate with others.

CURRENT PROJECT
My dissertation research will explore the role that group membership plays in ToM. I predict that in the right conditions, ToM will show within subject variability similar to empathy: just as we tend to be more empathetic towards in-group members and less so towards outgroup members, ToM assessments will be affected by target individuals' affiliation. Additionally, I predict that ToM will be flexible and sensitive to changing coalitions.

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PUBLICATION
Soler, M., Batiste, F., and Cronk, L. In the eyes (and ears) of the beholder: Receiver psychology and human signal design. Submitted to Evolutionary Anthropology.

Padmini Iyer

iyer picAdvisor: Dr. Lee Cronk

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Risk management; Social networks; Human cooperation; East African pastoralists

CURRENT PROJECT
Dissertation Title: Risk management through social networks among Karimojong agropastoralists of Uganda

My dissertation research will investigate how Karimojong agropastoralists of Uganda use their social networks to manage the risks posed by their volatile ecological and political environments. Historically, like other East African pastoralists, Karimojong engaged in livestock and food exchange relationships that carried an implicit obligation to assist partners during hardships such as drought, livestock disease and raiding. Exchange networks played a prominent role in recouping short-term losses such as food shortage, and in ensuring long-term sustainability through rebuilding herds. However, as a result of prolonged, armed cattle raiding, military intervention, and other large-scale changes, such as livestock loss and destabilized intra-group relations, the risk-buffering social networks of Karimojong have become weak. To examine how large-scale changes affect social risk management strategies, I will collect qualitative and quantitative data to address three main questions: 1. How do such variables as wealth, geographic location, and kin relation influence an individual’s personal network of exchange partners?; 2. How do the social network properties of a neighborhood (cluster of households) influence its ability to minimize risk?; 3. To what extent do the norms underlying the current system of exchange differ or resemble the norms of the previous generations? Besides advancing our understanding of contemporary risk management among East African agropastoralists, and examining previous systems of exchange, this project will contribute to theories of human cooperation, reciprocity, and risk management from evolutionary and cross-cultural perspectives.

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Rolando de Aguiar

 

Advisor: Dr. Lee Cronk

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Human cooperation and exchange, particularly in volatile environments; signals of commitment, especially religion

SKILLS

Agent-based modeling; game theory; genetic algorithms; data visualization

DISSERTATION

My dissertation consists of several agent-based models (i.e. computer simulations) of human cooperation, including the east African system of osotua, as well as one that attempts to model religious signaling and commitment.

CONTACT

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PUBLICATIONS

C. A. Aktipis, L. Cronk, and R. de Aguiar. Risk-pooling and herd survival: An agent-based model of a Maasai gift-giving System. Human Ecology, 39(2):131–140, 2011.

C. A. Aktipis, L. Cronk, and R. de Aguiar. Generosity without reciprocity: Need-based transfers, risk- pooling, and the puzzle of human cooperation, manuscript submitted, 2013.

R. de Aguiar and L. Cronk. Stratification and supernatural punishment: cooperation or obedience? Journal of Religion, Brain and Behavior, 2011.

 

Subcategories

Paleoanthropology Alumni
Article Count:
6
Modern Humans Alumni
Article Count:
1

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