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Culture, Adaptation, Religion, Morality, Anthropomorphism
Keywords: evolution of cooperation; human sharing; cancer evolution; genetic conflict; microbiome and behavior
Keywords: self; culture; social psychology; personality; anthropomorphism; cyberpsychology; sustainability
Keywords: culture; social class; cultural change; neuroscience; ecology; evolution
Our Functional Social Cognition Lab explores the processes that influence the selective and automatic direction of our limited perceptual and cognitive resources. We've been developing a conceptual framework that begins to articulate the role that fundamental social goals play in governing these processes. We focus, in particular, on the ways in which self-protection, mating, status-striving, social affiliation, and disease avoidance goals selectively facilitate attention toward people who have characteristics relevant to those goals. Integrating theory and research on selective attention processes, the influence of goals on social cognition and behavior, and evolutionary/ecological theories of motivation and social cognition, our framework yields novel hypotheses about how social goals influence attention to, perceptions of, and cognitions about individuals who differ in gender, physical attractiveness, and ethnicity.
Keywords: stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination; stigma; fundamental social motives; social cognition; religion and conflict; evolutionary approaches to social behavior; ecology and culture; life satisfaction; overweight/obesity; person perception; social exclusion
Keywords: Alcohol, Impaired Control Over Drinking, Parenting Styles, Self-regulation, Trait and State Impulsivity, Trauma, Secrets, Resiliency, and Social Influence.
Keywords: emotion; close relationships; psychophysiology; nonverbal expression; social cognition; positive psychology