or is there room for kindness in the struggle for existence?

Mary Langridge

Monday, March 12 2012 at 7:30PM

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Mary Langridge

What's the talk about?

Explaining social behaviours such as cooperation and altruism is one of the greatest challenges facing the biological and social sciences. Darwin's theory of natural selection provides an excellent framework within which to examine theories across the disciplines. This talk will lead you through the basic theories in this area and how people make decisions, explaining how benefits to our relatives, our reputation and our self-concept lead us to perform bizarrely altruistic acts; from giving money to charity, to donating blood or laying down our life for others - acts which appear to be detrimental to our own reproductive success. Homo Economicus is dead.

Mary Langridge is an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam university, co-found of Psychology in the Pub Sheffield and a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research aims to unify theories across economics, biology and psychology in order to understand cooperation, costly punishment and how our moral and religious values influence our moral decisions.