Adaptive Plasticity and Social Changes in the 21st Century

Recent advances in evolutionary biology, behavioral and social sciences have demonstrated that human and non-human animals have evolved adaptive plastic preferences that allow them to modulate their behavior in response to environmental changes. In particular, when resources are higher and mortality lower, individuals tend to be more future-oriented, more exploratory, more trustful, but also less impulsive, less materialistic and less sexually active. This seminar will explore the implications of this research for understanding the societal changes that are taking place today, and that await us in the 21st century.


93% of Europeans see Climate Change as a serious problem. Scientists agree that if we don't radically change our way of life in the next decade, our fragile ecosystems will suffer irreversible changes. Yet, collectively, we are doing little to reverse the trend. Why? Different psychological factors can help us make sense of this intention-action gap. Find out more here