Content Anchors

Understanding human evolution, behavior, and sustainability requires students to draw on knowledge and concepts from diverse areas of science and society.

Cross-cutting content anchors reflect the methods and fields of inquiry of evolutionary anthropology, behavioral and sustainability science.

Cross-Species Comparisons

What can we learn from our biologicaly close and distant relatives about human evolution, behavior, and sustainability? Comparing traits of humans and other species helps us understand the causes of our behaviors and the principles of cooperation and sustainability.

Child Development Research

What can we learn from children about human evolution, behavior and sustainability? The development of social and cognitive skills in the course of a lifetime can help us understand the causes of human behavior and the origins of our everyday experience.

Ancient Ancestors

What can we learn from our ancestors about human evolution, behavior and sustainability? Exploring the characteristics of our ancestors, their living conditions, and the things they left behind, gives us clues about the causes of human behavior and the importance of collaboration in the history of our species.

Cooperation Games

What can we learn from cooperation games about human evolution, behavior and sustainability? Cooperation games help us to investigate the causes, variations, and consequences of human behavior in social situations.

Computer Models

What can we learn from computer simulations about human evolution, behavior and sustainability? Computer simulations allow us to observe and investigate the influence of environmental conditions and behaviors on the evolutionary development of social-ecological systems.

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Governance of Commons

What can we learn from communities around the world managing shared resources about human evolution, behavior, and sustainability? Exploring diverse sustainability dilemmas in the world helps us to identify the conditions and behaviors that play a role in the sustainable development of communities.

Our Mind

What can we learn from our own thoughts and intuitions about human evolution, behavior and sustainability? Understanding the causes of our perceptions, intuitions, and beliefs helps us to engage them more flexibly, change perspective, and learn from each other to achieve shared goals.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

How can we use insights about human behavior, cooperation, and the causal interactions in social-ecological systems to address local, regional and global sustainability issues? How can we use these understandings to solve real world problems?