Adaptation, Behavior, Culture and Society

Welcome to the Adaptation, Behavior, Culture and Society research group at Arizona State University.

ABC&S brings together scholars from across the social sciences and biological sciences who share an interest in using evolutionary tools, theories and insights to better understand how and why people behave as we do.

These pages let you explore who's doing what, where, and how you can get involved.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 7Jill PruetzTexas State University 
Feb. 21Peter TurchinUniversity of Connecticut 
March 14Amy LuStony Brook University 
March 28Kay HolekampMichigan State University 
April 11Crickette SanzWashington University 


This is a picture of a chimpanzee hunting red colobus monkeys

Chaos or collaboration?

How and why did human beings evolve to cooperate with unrelated individuals or even strangers?

This is a photo of a young chimpanzee in Kimbale

The wild chimps of Kibale

ASU primatologist continues to find surprises in a chimpanzee stronghold in Uganda

This is a photo of the feet of numerous indiviuals standing in a circle

How we were raised, not physical environment, explains human behavior

Is the variation in human behavior a result of the environments that we have inhabited or the effect of cultural history and traditions that may have persisted over millennia?