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Who's Your Daddy? - Neural Correlates of Female Infidelity and Male Certainty

Dinner and social hour begin at 7:00 pm with an approximately hour-long presentation and question-and-answer session to follow.

Our Speaker
Steven Platek, Associate Professor of Psychology
Georgia Gwinnett College

Steven Platek's research focuses on evolutionary cognitive neuroscience, the newest science of the mind. He is editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience and co-editor of the journal Evolutionary Psychology. In addition, he is co-author of several books, including Female Infidelity and Paternal Uncertainty and Foundations in Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience.

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  • Beth

    Another interesting talk, well presented. It would be great to hear more from this presenter. Thanks for organizing this.

    March 27, 2011

  • Andy

    An extremely interesting talk, well presented by an excellent speaker. I enjoyed it greatly and I was quite surprised by some of the facts brought to light in the course of the presentation.

    March 27, 2011

  • Liz F

    This was one of the most interesting and entertaining talks so far!

    March 27, 2011

  • bev

    Only complaint was that the presentation was too short! Could we start earlier next time?

    March 27, 2011

  • Robert S.

    Materail fresh and interesting. Presentation well informed and well delivered. Posted criticism appears to be restricted to one point, with no reference to the overall excellence of the talk. A worthwhile evening.

    March 27, 2011

  • Judy M.

    Fascinating and entertaining presentation; wish we had even more time. Stimulated good conversation around our table and much food for thought.

    March 27, 2011

  • Marc M.

    Steven's talk was informative, entertaining and, if the immediate discussion that it has generated is any indication, very thought-provoking. This is Science Tavern at it's best - educating people and getting them talking about important issues!

    March 27, 2011

  • John

    Dr. Platek is a knowledgable, entertaining and dynamic speaker.
    I hope AST has him back soon!

    March 27, 2011

  • David N.

    Very entertaining talk

    March 27, 2011

  • Marc M.

    I've created a thread on our message board to continue this discussion for those interested. (Comments here seem too confining.)[masked]

    March 27, 2011

  • Marc M.

    My recollection concurs entirely with Bev's (a.k.a. amn), The studies Steven cited had nothing to do with anyone *seeking* a paternity test. Also, as far as I can remember, women's claims about paternity had nothing whatsoever to do with the investigation.

    March 27, 2011

  • bev

    My (unreliable) memory: He said "someone" did research in three different hospitals (USA, Canada, and ?) where they asked to test DNA after childbirth for a "family" research project -- so the dads had absolutely NO suspicions and didn't know what the research was for (It was implied that they did not get the results!). And all three locations yielded results where 33 -34% or the fathers "could not possibly" have been the true fathers. JFWIW based only on my memory of what was said.


    March 27, 2011

  • Elizabeth

    The figure of about 30% misattributed paternity is wrong. The article he cites is a study of mis attributed paternity in couples requesting paternity testing not the general population (1). The real figure is less than 5% (2).

    1. American Association of Blood Banks, ?Parentage Testing Annual Report 1991.

    2. Michael Gilding (2005), 'Rampant Misattributed Paternity: The Creation of an Urban Myth,' in People and Place, Vol.13 No.2, page 1.

    March 27, 2011

  • Josh G.

    Very fascinating talk, Steven. Thank you!

    I was not clear on the source of the 34% of kids that were sired by men other than who the woman claimed.

    I see these numbers referenced from the American Association of Blood Banks:

    But, the PDFs they link to no longer work.

    Does it mean 30% of times men who inquired were found not the father? Is the 34% random, without suspicion, or is it also result of suspicion-based inquiry?

    March 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Super! Very good speaker, highly entertaining and informative.

    March 27, 2011

  • Steven & Austen P.

    Thanks Jessi! :-)

    March 21, 2011

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