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PSYC3282 - Developmental Perspectives on the Origins of Human Culture

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Physiology Building 63, Room 358

Saint Lucia, QLD 4000

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We all prepare food, play cooperative games, romance each other, etc. But how we do so depends on our cultural background - we are, by far, the world’s most "cultural animal". So what was the 'X-factor', the magic ingredient of culture that took humans out of the general run of mammals and other highly social organisms? By emphasising research in developmental psychology and integrating perspectives from comparative, social and evolutionary psychology this course explores contemporary answers to this question.

Mark Nielsen is an Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology and Deputy Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, and a Senior Research Associate of the University of Johannesburg.

Mark has studied a range of inter-related aspects of socio-cognitive development in young human children and nonhuman primates, with his research primarily focused on charting the origins and development of the human cultural mind. He is also interested in how culture shapes the way children develop and has set up field sites in remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, Southern Africa and Vanuatu. A/Prof Nielsen has published over 70 articles and is an associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

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Physiology Building 63, Room 358

Saint Lucia, QLD 4000

Australia

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