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Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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Events

Helping fast and slow (Robert Hepach) & Nice rats, Nasty rats: The genetic basis of animal domestication (Alexander Cagan)
April 25, 2014 15:00
Speaker: Robert Hepach (Dept. of Developmental and Comparative Psychology) & Alexander Cagan (Dept. of Evolutionary Genetics)
The Institute Seminar Series

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Location:
MPI-EVA, Deutscher Platz 6, Lecture hall 2nd floor

Abstract:
- 15:00 Robert Hepach: Helping fast and slow
Much of human prosocial behavior is fast and spontaneous. This spontaneity may be explained by social emotions that are aroused in situations when others are in need of help. One crucial function of emotions, also shared with other primate species, is that they promptly solicit and sustain adaptive behavior. In this way, even very young children appear ‘wired’ to engage on behalf of others as their own internal arousal increases to others in need of help, thus, allowing them to be fast and efficient responders. In a series of studies we investigated the influence of emotions on young children’s motivation to help others. The results suggest that early emerging spontaneous helping behavior is driven by a genuine concern for others’ well-being. In conjunction with more deliberative forms of prosocial behavior emerging later in ontogeny, these emotional roots may pave the way for the diversity of prosocial interactions that we can or could see in modern humans.

- 15:45 Alexander Cagan: Nice rats, Nasty rats: The genetic basis of animal domestication
The domestication of just a few animal species in the early Holocene transformed human societies. Despite their importance the underlying biological changes that distinguish domesticated animals from their wild ancestors remain a mystery. One common feature among domesticated animals is their propensity for tame behavior towards humans. It has been hypothesised that selection for tame behavior at the beginning of the domestication process can explain a variety of other behavioral, morphological and physiological changes that occur in domesticated animals and which are known collectively as 'domestication syndrome'. To address this we have sequenced the genomes of rats and mink in populations that have been divergently selected for tame and aggressive behavior towards humans. By comparing their genomes and looking for signatures of positive selection we identify genes and biological pathways that may have played an important role in the process of domestication across species. These results may also have more direct implications for our understanding of recent human evolution, as it has been suggested that we ourselves are a 'self-domesticated' species.

- 16:30 Discussion and soft drinks just outside the lecture hall

The series featuring internal speakers takes place roughly every two months on Friday early afternoons. Per session there are two speakers, one from each of two departments. Each will speak for 30 minutes with 15 minutes for questions. Refreshments are provided at the end of the sessions. The committee organizing the seminar series consists of: Aida Andrés, Catherine Crockford, Paul Heggarty, Federico Rossano, Alexander Stoessel, Sandra Jacob and Jörg Noack. Please contact any of them with comments or suggestions.

Contact:
Sandra Jacob, -122 or -156

E-mail: instituteseminar[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Presentation of Akabea, a language of the Andaman Islands
April 28, 2014 15:00
Speaker: Raoul Zamponi (University of Macerata & MPI-EVA)
Talk at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Seminar room U 1.50 (Linguistics/Psychology)

Contact:
Claudia Büchel
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 300
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

E-mail: buechel[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/

Retrocopies, a primate perspective
April 29, 2014 13:00
Speaker: Fábio C. P. Navarro (Laboratory of Bioinformatics, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
Talk at the Department of Evolutionary Genetics

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Location:
Seminar Area Genetics

Contact:
Viola Mittag
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 500

E-mail: mittag[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/genetics

Romance grammatical gender in typological perspective
May 12, 2014 15:00
Speaker: Michele Loporcaro (University of Zurich & Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)
Talk at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Primat. / Humevo (U2.50)

Contact:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics
Deutscher Platz 6, 04103 Leipzig
Tel.: 03 41-35 50 300 / Fax: 03 41-35 50 333


E-mail: buechel[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/linguistics/events

Systems and uses of definite determiners: Syntactic and semantic conditions for patterns of variation
May 16, 2014 13:30
Speaker: Ekkehard König (FU Berlin & MPI-EVA)
Talk at the Department of Linguistics

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Location:
Seminar room H 4.10 / H 4.11 (4th floor, on top of the lecture hall)

Contact:
Claudia Büchel
phone + 49 (0) 341 3550 300
fax + 49 (0) 341 3550 333

E-mail: buechel[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/

Title to be announced
June 10, 2014 15:00
Speaker: Anna Di Rienzo, Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago
The Institute Seminar Series

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Location:
MPI-EVA, Deutscher Platz 6, 2nd floor lecture hall

Abstract:
- 15:00 Anna Di Rienzo: Title to be announced
Abstract to be announced.

- 16:30 Discussion and soft drinks just outside the lecture hall

The series featuring external speakers takes place roughly every two months and typically on Friday early afternoons. There is one speaker per session who will speak for 60 minutes with up to 30 minutes for questions. Refreshments are provided at the end of the sessions. The committee organizing the seminar series consists of: Aida Andrés, Catherine Crockford, Paul Heggarty, Federico Rossano, Alexander Stoessel, Sandra Jacob and Jörg Noack. Please contact any of them with comments or suggestions.

Contact:
Sandra Jacob, -122 or -156

E-mail: instituteseminar[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Title to be announced
June 12, 2014 14:00
Speaker: Fabrício Santos and Theodore Schurr, Genographic Project
The Institute Seminar Series

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Location:
MPI-EVA, Deutscher Platz 6, Lecture hall 2nd floor

Abstract:
- 14:00 Fabrício Santos: Title to be announced

- 14:45 Theodore Schurr: Title to be announced

- 15:30 Discussion and soft drinks just outside the lecture hall

The series featuring external speakers takes place roughly every two months on Friday early afternoons. Each session includes one (or, in exceptional cases, two) external speakers. There will be refreshments provided in our institute at the end of the sessions. The committee organizing the seminar series consists of: Aida Andrés, Catherine Crockford, Paul Heggarty, Federico Rossano, Alexander Stoessel, Sandra Jacob and Jörg Noack. Please contact any of them with comments or suggestions.

Contact:
Sandra Jacob, -122 or -156

E-mail: instituteseminar[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de