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Rosemarie Sokol Chang

About Rosemarie Sokol Chang

Rosemarie Sokol Chang is an evolutionist trained as a psychological scientist. She is the editor of EvoS: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium; the creator of the EvoS Consortium website and the EvoS Blogs; and co-founder of the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology. She also has been involved in the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society since its inception. She recently edited and contributed to the book Relating to Environments: A New Look at Umwelt. Evolution Matters is a recurring blog focused on concepts and evidence of evolution by natural selection.

Childhood, Risky Play, and Overprotective Parents

On a recent visit to New Hampshire, my brother’s family took me and my near-3-year-old son on a trip to Story Land. As the name implies, this amusement park was designed for young children and the rides, while thrilling to … Continue reading

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Creating a Whine

Overview: Whines are perceived as annoying vocalizations, and they are supreme at distracting listeners. Their use in attachment relationships just might have a surprising origin. The sound of a crying newborn can evoke many responses in a listener – most … Continue reading

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Tantrums, Enough Un-said!

If my son isn’t possessed by a tiny caveperson, what makes him lose his cool so rapidly and monstrously? Continue reading

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Is you is, or is you ain’t a cuddler?

People tend to assume that psychologists, as scientists, are bias free in their research – however, if you go a little deeper you can see the biases each researcher holds, and how that affects what s/he studies. Continue reading

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Natural Born Mothers?

Maternal Instinct is still very much in the U.S. vernacular, but if mothering is so inborn, why does it seem to require so much instruction to do it well?
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Challenges To and Hope for Evolutionary Theory: The 4th Annual Conference of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society

NEEPS 2010, Return to New Paltz. What a whirlwind weekend! How amazing to return to where it all started, just four years ago, and see how far we’ve come. We topped the previous conferences in total numbers of attendees, the … Continue reading

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Are You Going to Eat the Placenta? And Other New Age Questions a Modern 1st World Mother Must Endure

It seems a pregnant women is a magnet for unsolicited advice – most often tips for parenting, but even tips regarding how she should give birth. In my own experience, these tips came only from males or childless females, but … Continue reading

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An Ethological Look into Elmo’s World

Why do children love Elmo, while parents dread the day their kids learn about this furry red monster? An ethological explanation can add insight into this decades old question. Continue reading

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Is Daycare An Evolutionarily Novel Concept?

I am embarking on a new phase of raising my 1-year-old son: daycare. As a work-from-home mom, I am only looking for a very part time option to give Enso a chance to interact with other kids, and give me … Continue reading

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Back to the Roots, or Pass the Ketchup Please?

As happens with modern behaviors, the presumed ancestral human diet has been lifted up as a utopian ideal by which to live. The Paleo Diet (also Evolution Diet, NeanderThin) offers a way to return to our roots and reduce the … Continue reading

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