The series is named in honor of Walter J. Lonner, Ph.D. in recognition of his many contributions to the Center for Cross-Cultural Research and the development of the international field of Cross-Cultural Psychology. He is a founding associate and long-time director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Research, the founding editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and has made many other important contributions to the field through his numerous articles, chapters, and books.

Fall 2007 Symposia
Counseling across Cultures Symposium
October 27-28, 2007

Details about the Counseling across Cultures Symposium

Past Symposium Series: Spring 2007
Co-Sponsored by the WWU Psychology Club

Series Topics
Psychological Functioning: Evolutionary Universals and Cultural Specifics

April 17, 2007: David Buss, Ph.D.
Sexual Conflict in Human Mating

David Buss is a full professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, head of the Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology Area and supervisor of a lab of evolutionary psychology Ph.D. students. His primary interests include the evolutionary psychology of human mating strategies; conflict between the sexes; prestige, status, and social reputation; the emotion of jealousy; homicide; anti-homicide defenses; and stalking. He is the author of The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill; The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy is as Necessary as Love and Sex; The Evolution Of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating; and Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind.

April 30, 2007: Ara Norenzayan, Ph.D.
The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion

Ara Norenzayan is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His research interests focus on culture and cognition, issues of cultural variability and universality, cultural evolution, religious cognition, and the psychology of widespread beliefs. His studies investigating cultural influences on thinking focus on East Asia and the Middle East. His work on religion examines the ways psychology shapes religious behavior and thought, and how religious beliefs affect thought and behavior.

May 22, 2007: Dennis Krebs, Ph.D.
Biological Foundations of Moral Norms

Dennis Krebs is a full professor of psychology at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. His main research interests include the evolution of morality and of self-deception. He is co-editor of the Evolutionary Psychology Handbook and Evolutionary Psychology: Public Policy and Personal Decisions as well as scientific journal articles and book chapters on altruism, cognitive development, morality, culture, and evolutionary psychology theory.

June 8, 2007: Mark Schaller, Ph.D.
Infectious Disease and the Creation of Culture

Mark Schaller is a full professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His research addresses questions about how people think about other people, and the implications that these cognitions have for social behavior. The research draws on an evolutionary perspective and often examines the cultural consequences of basic social cognitive processes. He has co-authored The Psychological Foundations of Culture; The Social Psychology of Prejudice: Historical and Contemporary Issues; and Evolution and Social Psychology.

Photo: John Berry visited WWU in 2006; (left to right) Walter Lonner, John Berry, Dale Dinnel, George Cvetkovich, and Susanna Hayes.

Center for Cross-Cultural Research
Department of Psychology, Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9172 USA