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Dr. Gad Saad Wins The 2014 Darwinism Applied Award


AEPS is proud to announce that the winner of the 2014 Darwinism Applied Award is Professor Gad Saad! Dr. Saad is a highly esteemed evolutionary behavioural scientist who has been a pioneer in popularizing the applied use of evolutionary psychology – not only through academic papers and books, but also in blog posts, newspapers, podcasts, television and radio appearances.

Dr. Saad is the founder of the field of evolutionary consumption, the intersection of evolutionary psychology and consumer behaviour and marketing.

He is Professor of Marketing and holder of the Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption since 2008 at Concordia University in Montreal. Dr. Saad received his PhD from Cornell University, in Marketing, Statistics and Cognitive Studies, and has been a professor of marketing at Concordia University since 1994, during which time he has also held Visiting Associate Professorships at Cornell University, Dartmouth College, and the University of California-Irvine.

He is Associate Editor of the academic journals Evolutionary Psychology and Customer Needs and Solutions, and an advisory fellow at the Center for Inquiry (Canada).

Dr. Saad has authored over 75 scientific articles in numerous disciplines, including marketing, consumer behavior, advertising, psychology, medicine, economics, and bibliometrics. His popular science book, The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal About Human Nature was released in June 2011, to widespread acclaim. His 2007 book, The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption, is the first academic book to demonstrate the Darwinian roots of a wide range of consumption phenomena. His edited book, Evolutionary Psychology in the Business Sciences, was released in 2011, as was his special issue on the future of evolutionary psychology published in Futures journal.(Elsevier).

Dr. Saad’s work has been covered in over 300 media outlets around the world; in television documentaries/interviews, radio interviews, podcasts, newspapers, magazines, and blogs.  Thanks to the extensive media coverage of his research, he has been appointed Newsmaker of the Week of Concordia University for five consecutive years (2011-2015).  Dr. Saad is the author of the immensely popular Psychology Today blog; Homo Consumericus, on human consumption, garnering over 3 million views to date. He has a huge online presence, including his website and social media channels TwitterFacebookYouTube, and has given two highly engaging TEDx talks ( and

2014 marks the fourth annual “Darwinism Applied” award presented by AEPS.  Each year, AEPS honours an evolutionary scientist whose work demonstrates the value of evolutionarily informed practical solutions to human problems. Previous recipients of the “Darwinism Applied” award are Prof. David Sloan Wilson, Dr. S. Craig Roberts, and Prof. Randolph M. Nesse, for their contributions to applied evolutionary psychology in their respective fields.  Dr. Saad joins this esteemed group of scientists with the 2014 Darwinism Applied Award.

Please join us, the board of directors of AEPS, in congratulating Dr. Saad for his significant accomplishments in advancing practical application of evolutionary behavioural science, and be sure to peruse some of his ground-breaking work.


02.08.2015 – NEEPS is proud to announce that the winner of the 2014 Darwinism Applied Award is Dr. Gad Saad of Concordia University! Dr. Saad has been instrumental in popularizing the applied use of evolutionary psychology through academic papers, books, blogs, podcasts, and television and radio appearances. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Saad, and check out his work, such as the excellent 2011 popular science book, The Consuming Instinct.

Announcing NEEPS 2015

1.27.2014 – Announcing NEEPS 2015! NEEPS 2015 has been announced (below), and AEPS will hold its annual business meeting before the conference, on Thursday, April 9th, in the Faculty Dining Room of Sargent Hall, 4th Floor, Suffolk University, in Boston, Massachusetts. Please see announcement of the NEEPS conference below:

The NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society presents the 2015 Conference on Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, hosted by the Department of Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, April 9-11, 2015.  The conference will combine a decidedly New England charm with a big-city feel.  Steven Pinker and Felix Warneken, both of Harvard University, will give invited talks.  David Sloan Wilson (Binghamton University) will lead a panel on clinical applications of evolutionary theory.  A special panel on evolution and devleopment will feature Robert Trivers, Joyce Benenson, Gary Fireman, and Lance Swenson. We expect representation from a wide range of disciplines, methods, and topics.  Affiliated meetings will include Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society (AEPS), Feminist Evolutionary Perspectives Society (FEPS), and Kids Evolutionary Perspectives Society (KEPS).

New AEPS Board of Directors

11.10.2013 – AEPS is proud to announce our new Board of Directors, who will take office beginning in January 2014. Congrats to all!

President – Craig Roberts
Vice President – Steven Platek
Treasurer– John Montgomery
Secretary – Daniel Glass
Membership Officer – Miguel Torez
Communications/Elections Officer – Miriam Law Smith
By-Laws Officer – Dustin Eirdosh
Student Representative – Jessi Lail
Member-at-Large – Amy Alkon
” ” ” – Charlotte De Backer
” ” ” – Brian Mayer
” ” ” – Nando Pelusi
” ” ” – Brian Spisak
” ” ” – Eddy Sturman
” ” ” – T. T Joel Wade

Randolph M. Nesse, M.D. – Winner of our Darwinism Applied Award for 2013

8.14.2013 – AEPS is proud to announce that the winner of our Darwinism Applied Award for the year 2013 is Randolph M. Nesse, M.D., for his pioneering work introducing evolution into the science and practice of medicine and the behavioral sciences, including psychiatry. His efforts have been central to the recent movement to incorporate evolutionary perspectives into medical school curricula nationally and beyond. See Dr. Nesse’s website for more information about his research, books, and other publications and initiatives.7.3.2013 – Attention new AEPS members: first-time annual membership dues paid after July 1st are only half price! Please click here to read a special notice about annual membership dues, including more information about this announcement, and go here to become a paid member of AEPS.

2013 pre-NEEPS business meeting

S. Craig Roberts – winner of the AEPS 2012 Darwinism Applied Award