David Puts

David Puts to Present First Lecture in the Archaeology Lecture Series

Penn State professor to speak September 18 at The College of Wooster

WOOSTER, Ohio – David Puts, Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University, will present “Sex, Hormones, and the Evolution of Human Behavior” on Monday, Sept. 18 at the College of Wooster. The lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). There will be an open reception with beverages and snacks after the presentation in the foyer outside the lecture room.

Modern humans are the result of a very long evolutionary history that dates back millions of years. Over that long period, people have had to adapt to numerous types of environments that changed significantly, and at times quite rapidly. While there were certainly various visible physiological alterations in the human body to accommodate individuals to alterations in climate and terrain, people also developed complex behavioral responses that also have physical dimensions. Behavior can be explained in terms of its function, origins, organization or structure, and motivation.

In this talk, Puts will illustrate how discoveries at these different levels of explanation make reciprocal contributions—that understanding at each level elucidates, and may in fact cause, what occurs at other levels. Specifically, he will discuss recent research on how sex hormones influence our psychology and behavior, and why we evolved these response patterns.

Puts’ lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology. For more information contact Nick Kardulias.