Scenario from our pilot project

Mechanisms and Evolutionary Function of Shame

Scenario from our pilot project

Mechanisms and Evolutionary Function of Shame

Evidence suggests that shame is a neurocognitive adaptation that helps counter social devaluation. If this is true, then shame should be elicited when someone thinks you’ve done something wrong, even when no actual wrongdoing has occurd. In this project we are evaluating the role of the (mis)informed audience in eliciting shame. We are also using eye tracking to investigate social information gathering processes that are triggered when someone is being devalued or shamed. The next steps for this project will involve analyzing hormonal mediator of shame behavior.





Poster presented at HBES 2019

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Coltan Scrivner
PhD Candidate

I investigate the evolution of social cognition and morbid curiosity