"If we were any cleverer then we would require big hair styles to conceal our bloated brains"
You are personally invited to attend the very first Psychonomic Seminar of 2006 which is this Friday 3rd March in room 306, Psychology, at 3pm. The frankly magnificent Nicole Erlich will be talking about:
"Hissing Snakes and Angry Voices: The Processing of Evolutionarily Fear-Relevant Sounds in Infancy"
Nicole originally acquired her hair and most of her current facial features while living in Melbourne and went on to complete a degree in psychology and information systems at Monash. She then did an honours degree in Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She got a quite superb Masters in psychology (working with Valerie Stone) at the University of Denver, USA. She is currently working on her PhD with Virginia Slaughter.
This is just a taster of the cool stuff shell be talking about:
Throughout evolutionary history, humans have faced many persistent threats from their environment, including those from dangerous animals, nature, and hostile conspecifics. Studies have demonstrated that adult humans and other non-human primates selectively process and become phobic about evolutionarily ancient threats (like snakes, spiders and angry faces) compared to threats that may be more common but have only existed much more recently (like guns and damaged powerpoints). Furthermore, fear of evolutionary threats such as animals, strangers, loud noises and the dark are prevalent throughout childhood. This research will investigate whether differences in reacting to ancient versus modern threats can be found as early as infancy, using both psychophysiological and behavioural measures. It will also use auditory rather than visual stimuli as a more ecologically valid method of eliciting responses to these threats.