student profile: Ms Asha Ganesan


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Exploring the Role of Gender in the Cultural Evolution of Social Information.

Supervisors: Ilan DAR-NIMROD , Yoshihisa KASHIMA

Thesis abstract:

Using experimental studies with a diverse range of participants, this research reexamines traditional approaches of cultural evolution, which often make inferences about women in human ancestral environments in relation to men rather than independently or within interactions among women. The main focus of this thesis is in the roles played by women in relation to their social status and identities. There are two main themes to this thesis, which are explored through a series of studies. The first involves examining how biologically-based biases (which can be used as justification for gender inequality) are transmitted through generational learning, a common experimental method used in cultural evolution. The second involves addressing the influence of social status of men and women in social learning of cultural information. The findings could provide novel insights into how cultural information is learnt and transmitted from through diverse ways, not just a male-centric one.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Ganesan, A., MacCann, C. (2018). Coolness as a trait and its relations to the Big Five, self-esteem, social desirability, and action orientation. Personality and Individual Differences, 121. [More Information]

Reference Works

  • Ganesan, A. (2017). Ideal self. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

2018

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Ganesan, A., MacCann, C. (2018). Coolness as a trait and its relations to the Big Five, self-esteem, social desirability, and action orientation. Personality and Individual Differences, 121. [More Information]

2017

  • Ganesan, A. (2017). Ideal self. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

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