Latest Broom Center Research

Broom Center Research Associate Michael Gurven has discovered that men in
isolated indigenous populations have baseline testosterones that are 33
percent lower than men living in the United States.  Also, in contrast to
men in the U.S., the Tsimane, Bolivian foragers-farmers, do not show
declines in testosterone as they age. The researchers' findings recently
appeared in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.  According to the
author, the lives of the Tsimane offer a glimpse of how humans survived
before industrialization and modern amenities. "Our lifestyle is now an
anomaly, a major departure from our species' long-term existence as
hunter-gatherers," said Gurven

The full article can be found here.

March 2, 2012: Gender and Family in the New Millennium:


As the economic lives of men and women have converged, families have become both highly diverse and socioeconomically stratified in the United States and other countries. “Gender and Family in the New Millennium”, a day-long research workshop presented by the new Leonard and Gretchan Broom Center for Demography, will be held on the UCSB campus on Friday, March 2, 2012. This event brings together a group of leading scholars in sociology and economics who study the nature and origins of gender inequality in modern society and the economic, social and cultural influences that help shape contemporary work and family life. This will be the first in a series of Broom Center multidisciplinary research conferences exploring the frontiers of social science research on human populations.

Trea DePrima

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Insitutute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research (ISBER)
University of California, Santa Barbara
Center Program Administrator

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