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Evolutionary Psychology: A Description and a Call for Positivity

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Have you ever wondered why people tend to recoil at the sight of a snake- even if they’ve never been bitten or threatened by one? Well, you can thank Evolutionary Psychology for that.

Today on the show we’ll talk with Dr. Glenn Geher, the founding director of Evolutionary studies in Psychology from SUNY in New Paltz about his new book in which he advocates for positivity as we continue to evolve.

He’s in town for a STEMinar on the subject, which is part of a series of lectures hosted by the Whittaker Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education.

We’ll also talk with Dr. Nathan Pipitone who is a psychology professor here at FGCU about the importance of evolutionary psychology and what researching and understanding it can do for our understanding of the world around us.

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.