Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

2014, May 11–15
Costly and Cute: How Helpless Newborns Made Us HumanAdvanced SeminarCostly and Cute: How Helpless Newborns Made Us HumanParticipants in this seminar examined infant helplessness from biological, cultural, cognitive, behavioral, obstetrical, and pediatric points of view to understand how such a costly pattern of development evolved and what benefits it conferred on humans.
2012, November 4–8
Multiple Perspectives on the Evolution of ChildhoodAdvanced SeminarMultiple Perspectives on the Evolution of ChildhoodResearch into the evolution of childhood and the diversity of children's experiences around the world attracted significant attention in recent years. However, an international group of scholars had yet to come together to address divergent views and integrate current theoretical and methodological divides. This seminar convened in order to bring that divergent group of scholars and research together.
2012
Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual UnderstandingJ. I. Staley PrizeMothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual UnderstandingSarah Blaffer Hrdy’s sophisticated and provocative book Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding (Harvard University Press, 2009) lays out a new and carefully argued hypothesis to explain the evolution of our uniquely human need to share views, feelings, and meanings, and enjoy cooperating with each other.


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