Human Nature: Why We Are The Way We Are

This lecture will focus on defining what is human nature (that is, why are we the way we are) and why did it develop the way it did? The application of evolutionary theory to psychology provides a scientific foundation to understand the ultimate origins of human nature.   Interestingly, humans tend to deny human nature and instead over emphasize the effect of the environment (e.g., culture) on our behavior.  This lecture will challenge that idea and instead make the case that humans have a universal nature -- like all other species.  Practical applications of evolutionary psychology will be discussed, in particular understanding why some of the problems that exist are a challenge for our nature (e.g., feeling satisfied, difficulty controlling our appetite, interpersonal conflict).

Speaker:  William C. Sanderson, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Director, PhD Program in Clinical Psychology
Director, Anxiety & Depression Clinic
Hofstra University


Date: Friday, April 24, 2020

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Virtual Event; Advance registration required: RSVP

Free and open to the public.

Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link. Registrants will be sent an event link to attend prior to the event. 


In case you missed the live event, please see recording:

Human Nature: Why We Are The Way We Are


Friday, April 24, 2020



Hofstra University Virtual Event
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1000


Kristine Glanzer

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