It is our great pleasure to announce two keynote lectures which will be given by internationally recognized scientists:
Dr. Tatjana Stefanović-Stanojević, Full Professor at Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy in Niš
Love or ThreeP: an integrative model of love
Although most people spend their lives in a partnership, the phenomenon of partners love is rarely the subject of scientific research. This means that love in partnerships not defined, that it has no conceptual meaning in the scientific sense. Love is just a pseudo, not a real concept. Each partner fills it with its own meaning, and misunderstandings in the interpretation of the same "I love you" are inevitable. Misunderstandings in partnership are common and hurtful. In art, this is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. On the basic of tragic loves are made of fantastic films and wrutten even more fantastic novels. In everyday life, usually everyone suffers, partners and their children.
In order to make partner love more predictable and less hurtful, we propose a theory of love that treats love as a concept. According to this theory, love consists of three elements: Attraction, Lust and Attachment. Which is your combination? Circumstances of early childhood, also the circumstances of experience in partner relationships, make that each of us have our own combination of listed elements. Now, you have a posibility to find out what is your combination, and how you fit with other types. This knowling will (maybe) makes happier your relationship. This knowledge will help you make many important decisions: what I want in a relationship, first of all.
In our study, we will try to answer some of the most important questions of the partnership: What is attraction? Are we taking away magic by explaining it? What is affection and do we differ in that regard? Do we differ in terms of sexuality? What types of love do we distinguish and how do they combine in life? Are there any new and different love forms in the 21st century? Can we will be smarter in love?
Key words: love, attraction, lust, attachment, partnership
Dr. Janko Međedović, scientific associate at the Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research Belgrade and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade, Serbia
What can behavioral ecological analysis tell us about the evolution of psychopathy?
Human behavioral ecology represents an interdisciplinary field of scientific inquiry which empirically examines the evolution of human behavioral, morphological, and life history traits. Within it, a behavioral ecology of human personality is being developed, a discipline that applies the concepts of evolutionary examination of animal personality to the human species.
During the past several years, the conceptual framework of personality ecology has been implemented to the exploration of psychopathy - a set of behavioral traits associated with amoral and antisocial behavior. In this talk, we describe and discuss the main findings of the psychopathy's evolution research, primarily by focusing on the relations between psychopathy and the core component of evolutionary fitness - reproductive success. The data mostly show that manipulative and deceitful psychopathic traits are adaptive because they are related to a higher number of offspring; hence, they are under positive directional selection. Psychopathic affectivity (lack of empathy, fear, and guilt) may elevate reproductive success as well, especially in ecological conditions marked by stress, deprivation, and a lack of resources.
Finally, impulsive/antisocial psychopathy traits are probably affected by negative directional selection because research usually show negative associations between these traits and reproductive success. In the behavioral ecological analysis of psychopathy we also examine the relations between psychopathy and behavioral outcomes that are closely associated with fitness itself - mating success and parental investment. Finally, we discuss about the implications of these findings to the concept of psychopathy, but we also highlight the fruitfulness of applying the concepts of evolutionary biology to the explanation of human behavior in general.
Keywords: psychopathy; natural selection; reproductive success; human behavioral ecology