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Dorsa Amir
Evolutionary anthropologist. Postdoc |. I study the diversity of human behavior from a cross-cultural, developmental perspective.
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Dorsa Amir Aug 21
Wrapping up the field season in Ecuador now. A few little peeks into Shuar childhood below — Kiddos taking care of their siblings, fishing at the river, and galloping along on their horses. Pretty delightful to watch.
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Dorsa Amir Aug 1
Great new paper on social learning among BaYaka forager children. From infancy to early childhood, learning is mostly through imitation & observation. From early childhood, learning occurs in playgroups & through practice. Teaching is largely interventional, not direct.
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Alison Gopnik Jul 30
An excellent op-ed on modern childhood
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Dorsa Amir Jul 31
Replying to @sheinalew
Special shout-out to my friend & collaborator , who originally shared the Thule article with me & who regularly ✨inspires me✨ with her own work among BaYaka children in the Congo Basin.
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Dorsa Amir Jul 31
Back online just long enough to share my new piece in the — Children's culture has been a key feature of development for millennia. Is it on the brink of extinction?
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Dorsa Amir Jul 28
Heading off-the-grid tomorrow to visit some Shuar communities. Please don't discover anything cool or post any good jobs until I'm back — thanks! 🙏
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Dorsa Amir Jul 28
Replying to @lakens
I think we all know some articles are invited. It's the other "negotiation" tactics that seem problematic (to me) like using personal relationships & informal channels to get ahead. Not everyone has that access. The rest of us are just uploading our articles to ManuscriptCentral.
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Dorsa Amir Jul 27
Replying to @BrianNosek @wgervais
I appreciate you being open about this. I'm wondering — do you think this kind of bias hurts science by benefiting an exclusive club of senior scientists? Especially since it's mostly happening through informal channels that the vast majority of scientists don't have access to.
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Dorsa Amir Jul 27
Replying to @BrianNosek
Can you say more about what "negotiated" means?
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Nicole Carpenter Jul 26
put an em dash button directly on the keyboard, you cowards
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Dorsa Amir Jul 26
Replying to @MichelleAKline
We call it "field gourmet" 🍽
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Dorsa Amir Jul 22
Replying to @jayvanbavel
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Joan Silk Jul 21
I think we need a new term: allomentoring, providing advice and support to students that are not your own advisees.
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Dorsa Amir Jul 21
Replying to @arenda
Related PSA: If your chair suddenly emails you with an "urgent request", make sure to examine the address it's coming from. As points out, it's often something fishy like xxx.bc.edu@gmail.com.
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Dorsa Amir Jul 20
Replying to @DorsaAmir
Important update:
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Dorsa Amir Jul 20
Check out this teeny little gorilla named Mondika 🦍 Looks like he's teething!
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Dorsa Amir Jul 20
Someone pretending to be the chair of my department is trying to scam me. Am I doing this right?
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Dorsa Amir Jul 18
If you're wondering how our ancestors made stone tools, check out this cool demo of the 300k-year-old Levallois technique 👇 A carefully-knapped "tortoise" core is struck hard to create a sharp "flake" that was likely used as a scraper or knife.
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Dorsa Amir Jul 17
"You're gonna get some hop-ons."
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Dorsa Amir Jul 17
I just discovered this incredible acronym & I can't figure out which part I like the best. - None of the letters match the words? - The letter "C" stands for "None"? - "E" is ANOTHER acronym???
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