Lampert, Ada 1942-

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LAMPERT, Ada 1942-

PERSONAL: Born December 22, 1942, in Kibbutz Maabarot, Palestine (now Israel); daughter of Fishel (a teacher of Hebrew) and Lisa (a beekeeper) Lampert; children: Yael. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: University of Tel Aviv, B.A. (with distinction), 1972, M.A. (with distinction), 1975, Ph.D. (summa cum laude), 1981; postdoctoral study at University of Chicago, 1983–84. Hobbies and other interests: Playing piano, travel, art, nature, classical music.

ADDRESSES: Home—Kibbutz Maabarot 40230, Israel. Office—Ruppin Institute, Emek Hefer 40250, Israel; fax: 972-9-898-7604. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Writer. Ruppin Institute, Emek Hefer, Israel, professor of psychology, 1984–. Military service: Served in Israel Defense Forces.

MEMBER: International Society of Human Ethology, European Sociobiological Society, Human Behavior and Evolution Society.

AWARDS, HONORS: Citation for outstanding academic book, Choice, 1998, for The Evolution of Love.


The Evolution of Love, Praeger (Westport, CT), 1997.

Author of two books in Hebrew. Contributor of more than fifty articles to periodicals and scholarly journals.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on the evolution of emotions, love, sex differences, and attachment.

SIDELIGHTS: Ada Lampert once told CA: "My book is a summary of about ten years of research and teaching in the field of human evolutionary psychology, in particular the evolution of emotions, sex differences, parenthood, and the family. I was enchanted by evolutionary thinking as it is applied to psychology, but quite lately I have felt that this school of thought fosters a somewhat too mechanistic, too simplistic conceptualization of the evolving of the human psyche under natural selection. The advantages of competition are, for one thing, 'overweighted,' while cooperation, care, love, empathy, and friendliness are, in my view, strong and important tools in human evolution that are traditionally 'underweighted.' My book aims at describing the importance of positive attitudes, emotions, and behaviors in the unique evolution of humanity and humans."