Abstract # 13290 Event # 21:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019 09:00 AM-10:00 AM: (Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium) Keynote Address


D. M. Fragaszy
University of Georgia, Psychology Dept, Athens, GA 30602-0001, USA
     In a "Do it yourself" (D.I.Y.) project, an individual organizes and carries out a self-defined project from start to finish. A D.I.Y. mindset is an asset to a primatologist, as it is to any scientist. Primatology concerns the biology, evolution, care, and conservation of all primates. This open remit affords primatologists practically boundless careers and diverse ways of building a career. In this address, I describe the do-it-yourself approach to primatology that I have taken, commenting on features that worked and features that did not. I will suggest how and why a D.I.Y. approach is useful to younger primatologists now. I will also comment on how and why nonhuman primates exhibit D.I.Y.-like propensities in their behavior when generating solutions to problems such as collecting and preparing foods for ingestion, navigating cluttered spaces, and many other situations familiar to us. We recognize in these generative propensities our shared approach to meeting life's everyday challenges.