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Marco Antonio Correa Varella


Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Psicologia (IP)  (Institutional affiliation from the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

Marco A. C. Varella is a researcher (DTI-A CNPq) at The Federal University of Pernambuco. He did a postdoctoral on Evolutionary Artisticology at the Institute of Psychology from University of São Paulo- Brazil (PNPD-CAPES). He did a postdoctoral on Twinning/Behavioral Genetics (FAPESP) at the Institute of Psychology from University of São Paulo (2017-18). He was a bilingual Science teacher in Basic School and Biology teacher in High School at the Escola Internacional Alphaville (2015-16). He was a Substitute Professor at the Dept. of Basic Psychological Processes in Institute of Psychology at University of Brasília (2013-14). He has Teaching degree (2003) and Bachelor of Science degree (2004) in Biology (PET) from UNESP. He received his degrees of Master of Science (2007) (CAPES) and Ph.D. (2011) (CNPq) in Experimental Psychology at the Institute of Psychology from University of São Paulo. He was a visiting student at The NeuroArts Lab. in the Dep. of Psychology, Neuroscience Behavior at McMaster University - Hamilton, ON, Canada (2010) (CNPq). He has received national awards, such as Young Ethologist and Honorable Mention (SBEt), and international awards, such as The Ig Nobel 'Economics Prize 2020', 'The Margo Wilson Award' (Evol. Hum. Behav.), and the 'Editor's Choice Award for Evolutionary Psychology' (Front. Psychol.). He is a reviewer for Revista Estudos de Psicologia (Natal) and a Associate Editor at Evolutionary Psychology section in Frontiers in Psychology. He is a member of the Center for Research and Dissemination on Human Evolution at IEA - USP. He is/was a member of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, International Society for Human Ethology, Animal Behavior Society, Brazilian Society of Neuroscience and Behavior, Brazilian Society of Ethology, Brazilian Association of Cognition and Musical Arts. His expertise is on Ethology, Experimental Psychology, Philosophy of Biology/Biophilosophy and Evolutionary Biology, with emphasis on Human Behavior - Evolutionary Psychology, Evolutionary Musicology and Evolutionary Aesthetics, focusing on: misunderstandings about Evolutionary Psychology and teaching of Human Evolution, psychological underpinnings of anthropomorphism, evolution of human ignorance, sexual selection, mate choice/preferences, sexual strategies, intra/intersexual differences, vocational interests and career-choice, paleoarts aesthetics, and evolution of musical/artistic propensities and motivations, pandemic leadership and chronotype in relation to non-compliance with the pandemic measures of social isolation. He has many international collaborations and publishes in journals such as Scientific Reports, Personality and Individual Differences, Evolution and Human Behavior, Frontiers in Psychology, Behavioural Processes, Archives of Sexual Behaviors, Rock Art Research, American Journal of Human Biology, Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Sciences. Has published 2 international co-edited books, 22 chapters, and 86 scientific articles. He has already edited 3 international special issues. He is among the 15 most cited scientists in Brazil, among the 9 most cited in Latin America and among the 16 most cited in the world (AD Scientific Index Ranking). He has in ScienceBlogs Brazil the blog 'MARCO EVOLUTIVO - Evolution and Human Behavior' and also did freelance as science and health reporter for companies such as Folha de S.Paulo and Natura. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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