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December 14, 2007

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Introducing: Daniel Lende

My research focuses on behavioral health, the integration of evolutionary and cultural theories, and embodiment.  Much of my work has centered on substance use and abuse, where the neurological impacts of drugs are evident.  However, the nature of that impact and its role in the development of addiction remain an open field of inquiry.  As part of this inquiry, I draw on neurobiological insights for ethnographic and epidemiological research on the compulsive and repetitive nature of substance abuse.  I am also interested in the resilience people show in the face of enormous risk.


In broader terms for neuoranthropology, I am interested in behavioral health, embodiment as a mediator between evolution and culture, and how behavioral science and anthropology can come together to help make a difference in people’s lives.  Neuroscience can inform ethnography and evolutionary theory (and vice versa), and help us overturn outdated approaches in psychological and social science that are essentialist and overly deterministic.


The clearest example of this sort of integration is my paper, Lende, D.H. (2005). Wanting and drug use: A biocultural analysis of addiction.  Ethos 33(1): 100-124.  Here’s the link to the abstract: http://www.anthrosource.net/doi/abs/10.1525/eth.2005.33.1.100?cookieSet=1&journalCode=eth