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Risky Adolescent Behavior
The dominant scientific paradigm for explaining these high-risk behaviors can be termed the mental health model, which assumes (implicitly if not explicitly) that harsh social environments adversely affect children’s wellbeing, promoting disturbances in development, even if not clinical disorders per se. This model emphasizes the costs and largely ignores the benefits of risk-taking, making it difficult to explain the motives for risky behavior in adolescents.
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New Book: Evolutionary Perspectives on Child Development and Education

EI scientific associates David C. Geary & Daniel B. Berch have recently published “Evolutionary Perspectives on Child Development and Education”, an edited volume based on a conference organized by EI in collaboration with the American Educational Research Association. 

David Sloan Wilson to give talk at Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

The Evolution Institute’s David Sloan Wilson will discuss how the newly declared geological epoch—the Anthropocene—based on the dominant impact of humans on the planet. The talk “Evolution and the Anthropocene: Science, Religion, and the Human Future” will be from 3:00pm – 4:30pm on May 22, 2016 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the Q?rius Theater, Ground Floor. The talk is free and open to the public.