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SMLC seminar: A Cross-Cultural and Evolutionary Examination of Prepubescent Children’s Hormone Responses to Physical and Non-Physical Forms of Competition
 
 
Date: 12 October 2016 
 
School of Modern Languages and Cultures HKU has the pleasure of inviting you to the SMLC seminar:

A Cross-Cultural and Evolutionary Examination of Prepubescent Children’s Hormone Responses to Physical and Non-Physical Forms of Competition

Timothy McHale

Date: Oct 12, 2016 (wed)
Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Venue: CPD-LG.59, Centennial Campus, HKU

Abstract
Delayed reproductive maturity, represented by an extended period of juvenile development in humans, is predicted to be important for learning cultural, social, and ecological skills that prepare a child for adult socio-competitive environments. However, the extent to which juveniles’ hormone responses are sensitive to socio-competitive variables is a question that has yet to be fully explored. This presentation highlights ongoing research that investigates acute hormone responses during physical and non-physical forms of competition among Hong Kong children. Considerations are given to functional roles, cross-cultural factors that may underpin acute hormone changes, and their association with academic and athletic performance.

Bio
Timothy McHale earned his B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Philosophy (University of Central Florida), MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology (Durham University), and is a Ph.D. candidate in Biological Anthropology (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). His research foci include: Evolutionary perspectives on adaptive human behavior and physiology; Evolution of Childhood; and Behavioral Endocrinology. His interdisciplinary work has been published in the journal of Hormones and Behavior, Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, and the International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. He is currently an Honorary Research Associate of the Hong Kong Studies Programme who was awarded a Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant to fund his ongoing research.

 
 
     
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