David S. Smith

David S. Smith
Robert Gordon University | RGU · School of Applied Social Studies

PhD

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October 2009 - September 2013
University of Aberdeen
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  • Tutor

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From a functionalist perspective, human memory should be attuned to information of adaptive value for one's survival and reproductive fitness. While evidence of sensitivity to survival-related information is growing, specific links between memory and information that could impact upon reproductive fitness have remained elusive. Here, in two experim...
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There is growing literature and empirical work that is investigating if and how mobile phone and tablet dating apps are influencing the lives of their users. An online questionnaire-based study was developed to investigate how men who have sex with men (MSM) use ‘gay dating apps’ (GDAs), and how such use may relate to different aspects of their liv...
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Decision making is not always a reasoned process. It is often subject to reflexive heuristics. The Moral Foundations Theory is a popular theoretical framework that characterises political decisions by adherence to an evolutionary criterion. Based on recurrent ancestral pressures, this model anticipates our species' tribal history has resulted in a...
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NoFap is a community of mostly heterosexual men abstaining from what they see as an addictive cycle of pornography, masturbation, and orgasm, induced by the exploitation of innate male urges by the pornography industry. In the general population, increased masturbation and consumption of pornography are associated with psychological factors includi...
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Though the term originated in the 1960s, it is only relatively recently that the concept of 'woke' became a staple of public discourse in Britain. Often it is alluded to as exemplifying or opposing British values and identity. Particularly where there appears to be a conflict between modernity and aspects of the nation’s colonial past, such as was...
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Complex negotiations are done by people and are often carried out to pursue culturally ingrained ideas such as international unity or national sovereignty. As such, they may be subject to the sorts of adaptive biases and reasoning heuristics that are present at the level of individual or collective decision making. The following commentary applies...
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Differences between the messages communicated by the two main parties through Twitter during the election campaign were consistent with differences between left and right wing moral priorities observed elsewhere, write David Smith and Beatrice Baroni. They use the Five Foundations theory to explain their findings.
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The functionalist memory perspective predicts that information of adaptive value may trigger specific processing modes. It was recently demonstrated that women's memory is sensitive to cues of male sexual dimorphism (i.e., masculinity) that convey information of adaptive value for mate choice because they signal health and genetic quality, as well...
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Sexually dimorphic characteristics in men advertise their long-term health, dominance, and reproductive potential to prospective mates. Evolution has accordingly adapted human cognition so that women perceive sexually dimorphic facial features as important when judging the attractiveness and suitability of potential mates. Here we provide evidence...
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I am currently trying to find a questionnaire that assesses someone's perception of their own struggles in life relative to others. This is for a dissertation project i am supervising about how perceptions of daily difficulties and relative hardship map on to sympathy for low status groups. As such i am looking for something that could provide strong attitudinal data. My student is looking separately, though i am trying to get a background in this kind of area and do not know it well.

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