11/13 Nettle on Mental Disorders

Tuesday November 13 at 4 pm in Room 1755 SPH I 
The long reach of childhood: 
Why does experience in early-life have such a big effect on adult behavior?

Daniel Nettle, Center for Behavior and Evolution, University of Newcastle, UK
Co-director of the Centre for Behaviour & Evolution, Newcastle University. 
Associate Editor, Evolution and Human Behavior

Talk abstract: People who experience adversity in early-life grow up to become adults who are more prone to stress-related illness, are more impulsive, and reproduce younger than their peers. Evolutionary accounts of these effects are based on the idea that early experience predicts the environmental conditions which will the individual will face as an adult, and so it is adaptive to calibrate behaviour accordingly. I will present data on the effects of early life on adult behaviour, and propose a slightly different evolutionary explanation for them based partly on the idea that the bodies of people who experience early adversity weather less well than those whose early circumstances are more benign.


  • 1990-1993: BA in Psychology and Philosophy, Oxford University.
  • 1993-1996: PhD in Biological Anthropology, University College London
  • 1996-1999: Junior Research Fellow, Merton College Oxford
  • 2001-2004: Lecturer in Biological Psychology,The Open University
  • 2004-2011: Lecturer and subsequently Reader, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University.
  • 2011-now : Professor of Behavioural Science, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University.
  • 2011-now : Co-director of the Centre for Behaviour & Evolution, Newcastle University.

His interests are varied, but current work with Bateson focuses on the evolution of anxiety and depression. 
Books
  • Nettle, D. (2009). Evolution and Genetics for Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. This is a textbook on evolutionary theory aimed at students or researchers in the behavioural sciences. US AmazonUK Amazon.
  • Nettle, D. (2007). Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are. Oxford: Oxford University Press.US Amazon. UK Amazon.
  • Nettle, D. (2005). Happiness: The Science behind your Smile. Oxford: Oxford University Press. US Amazon. UK Amazon.
  • Nettle, D. (2001). Strong Imagination: Madness, Creativity and Human Nature. Oxford: Oxford University Press. US Amazon. UK Amazon.
  • Nettle, D and Romaine, S. (2000). Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World’s Languages. New York: Oxford University Press.US Amazon. UK Amazon.
  • Nettle, D. (1999). Linguistic Diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. US Amazon. UK Amazon.
  • Nettle, D. (1998). The Fyem Language of Northern Nigeria. Munich: Lincom Europa. Publisher's website.
 
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