Gwen Dewar is a science writer and anthropologist interested in the evolution of intelligence and the way kids learn about the world and other people. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she studied evolutionary anthropology, behavioral ecology, psychology, and social learning in human children and nonhuman animals. She’s taught undergraduates primate behavior and human evolution, and published research in the journals Learning and Behavior and Animal Behaviour. In 2006, fed up with the poor state of popular parenting information, she founded the website Parenting Science, which has been praised by researchers and hailed as “a welcome antidote to the opinion dressed as science that parents are constantly being fed.” Her cross-cultural, evolutionary approach to children has reached readers worldwide, from the United States to China and places in between.
How do you make humans? Answers to this question come from a wide range of fields—anthropology, evolutionary biology, developmental biology, genetics, psychology, neuroscience, and even animal behavior. This blog takes a cross-disciplinary approach to child developent and parenting, with an eye towards improving the way we teach kids and respond to stress.