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#23 – Dr Anna Machin – The Life of Dad

Ryan interviews Dr Anna Machin. Dr Anna Machin is an evolutionary anthropologist, writer and broadcaster. Her work is about the very nature of ‘being human’. We discuss Anna’s work on her book, “The Life of Dad.” Anna has done extensive research into the evolution of being a dad and her work really helped me to adjust my expectations in a difficult time. 

Anna’s bio: She is world-renowned for her pioneering work exploring the science and anthropology of fatherhood and her cross-disciplinary interpretation of human love. 

Anna began her research life as a primatologist working in zoos in both the UK and Europe. Following her MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour at University College, London she undertook a PhD at the University of Reading and joined Professor Robin Dunbar’s research group at Oxford in 2008 where she remained until 2020. Today she is a visiting academic within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. She is fascinated by what makes humans behave the way they do and uses a full range of disciplines and techniques – from genetic analysis, behavioural science and brain scanning to experimental psychology, sociology and hormonal analysis – to find answers to questions such as:

How do dads bond with their babies?
What is a human family?
What motivates us to form long-lasting relationships?
Why do we need to be social?
How do developments in social media and AI influence our behaviour?

Her key areas of research are the science and anthropology of fatherhood, the human family in all its diversity, the human social network, romantic relationships and the influence of technological innovation on our behaviour and health.

Anna lives in Buckinghamshire, England with her husband, 2 daughters, 3 dogs, 2 rabbits, 2 gerbils and 4 guinea pigs.

Anna’s website: https://annamachin.com/ 
Anna on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dr_aMachin
Anna’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Dad-Making-Modern-Father/dp/1471161404/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1619050201&sr=8-2 

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Day by Day Dad

I’ve spent 15 years working with people and companies to solve their issues. My penchant for problem solving and research led me to search high and low for more information on becoming a dad. The idea for the Day by Day Dad came about from the lack of information on what to expect when you’re going to be a dad. I also wanted to make sure that the information being given is positive and optimistic!

Along with expecting my first child with my beautiful wife, I have two incredible dogs and love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, ice hockey, exercising, food and much more. So follow along on this journey of a lifetime!

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