Robert Lynch
Phd

Areas of expertise
Evolution; Life history theory; the evolutionary function of humor and laughter; cross cousin marriage; religious beliefs; immigration; social capital; Bayesian statistics.

Research

My current research involves the analysis of a database of refugees from Karelia - a part of Finland that was ceded to the Soviet Union during World War 2. These individuals comprised approximately 400,000 individuals (12% of the Finnish population). These records, detailing the lives and movements of the evacuees, have just recently been extracted from several books and I hope to use them to inform our understanding of the current refugee crisis facing Europe. I am particularly interested in exploring the impact of previously isolated ethnic groups and cultures colliding with one another. Combining anthropological theory with quantitative methods, I will examine the impact of contact with refugees on social integration and the cultural practices of both migrants and their host communities. My previous research includes the analysis of a database of previously uncontacted Yanomamo Indians from the Amazon rainforest, seeking to understand the evolutionary forces that affect fertility, lifespan and sex ratios, the impact of religious beliefs on attitudes towards out-groups and the evolutionary function of humor and laughter.



Publications

Integration involves a trade-off between fertility and status for World War II evacuees (2019)
Nature Human Behaviour
Lynch R., Lummaa V., Panchanathan K., Middleton K., Rotkirch A., Danielsbacka M., O’Brien D., Loehr J.
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B1 Journal article)

In-Group Versus Out-Group (2018) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science Lynch Robert
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D2 Article in a professional research book)

Sexual conflict and the Trivers-Willard hypothesis: Females prefer daughters and males prefer sons (2018)
Scientific Reports
Robert Lynch, Helen Wasielewski, Lee Cronk
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Newly Digitized Database Reveals the Lives and Families of Forced Migrants from Finnish Karelia (2017)
Finnish Yearbook of Population Research
John Loehr, Robert Lynch, Johanna Mappes, Tuomas Salmi, Jenni Pettay, Virpi Lummaa
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Parents face quantity–quality trade-offs between reproduction and investment in offspring in Iceland (2016)
Royal Society Open Science
Lynch R
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Self-deception inhibits laughter (2012)
Personality and Individual Differences
Lynch R
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

It's funny because we think it's true: laughter is augmented by implicit preferences (2010)
Evolution and Human Behavior
Lynch R
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A1 Journal article – refereed)


Last updated on 2019-15-06 at 02:20