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Schniter, Eric

Lecturer in Anthropology


Office: 657-278-3626

Department: 657-278-3626



Eric Schniter earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where trained as a human behavioral ecologist and evolutionary psychologist. His current research and instruction is in both evolutionary anthropology and behavioral economics. He has been examining the development of skill, knowledge and material production across the lifespan to better understand whether contributions of older adults may help explain the supported postmenopausal lifespan of humans. This work on aging and life history has led him to investigate relationship maintenance (communication, trust and cooperation), which is central to fostering material and knowledge transfers over the life course. Finally, he has been interested in how emotions calibrate personal and interpersonal behaviors, contributing to relationship maintenance and well-being. By exploring how skill development affects emotions and one's role in society, Schniter hopes to gain a better understanding of the determinants behind well-being across the lifespan.

Areas of Knowledge:
  • Human Behavioral Ecology
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Anthropology
  • Biological Science
  • Culture -- Diversity
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Evolution
  • Family Studies
  • Health
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Latin America
  • Poverty
  • Psychology
  • Aging
  • Information Systems and Decision Sciences

  • Spanish

  • Central America
  • North America
  • South America