Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

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Selection pressure from health risk is hypothesized to have shaped adaptations motivating individuals to attempt to become valued by other individuals by generously and recurrently providing beneficial goods and/or services to them because this strategy encouraged beneficiaries to provide costly health care to their benefactors when the latter were sick or(More)
The foraging niche is characterized by the exploitation of nutrient-rich resources using complex extraction techniques that take a long time to acquire. This costly period of development is supported by intensive parental investment. Although human life history theory tends to characterize this investment in terms of food and care, ethnographic research on(More)
Scalise Sugiyama has argued that forager oral traditions serve as a means of storing and transmitting information useful to survival and reproduction. On this view, however, the widespread presence of monsters (anthropomorphic predators) in forager folklore is puzzling: although human aggressors might have been a recurrent feature of past environments,(More)
Successful exploitation of the foraging niche requires extensive, specialized knowledge, much of which is acquired through social learning. Research suggests that the oral tradition is a social learning mechanism, used to exchange information critical to solving recurrent problems of forager existence, such as manipulating and being manipulated by others,(More)
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A pivotal moment in my graduate career occurred when a colleague confided that he saw literary study as the study of human behavior, and all study of human behavior as the study of human biology. Thus, he continued, literary study ought properly to be a sub-field of the biological sciences (Constable, personal communication). On this view, English programs(More)
What does human nature have to do with ecocriticism? This is the question at the heart of Glen Love's book, Practical Ecocriticism. For those who aren't familiar with this wing of academia, ecocriticism is the study of the relationship between literature and the environment. Its practitioners explore human attitudes toward the environment as expressed in(More)
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