Caitlin’s Human Ethology Assignment

Test 1: Young man in the red shirt

Subject is in class and is attentive.  Takes notes and seems to be listening to what the teacher is saying.  He is wearing a hat, which he takes off to scratch his head/fix his hair frequently. It is almost like a tick. He sniffles. This could mean he is sick or maybe getting over a sickness. His bouncing knee tells me he is restless. My best guess to explain his restlessness is that he cannot wait for this class to end. It is pretty early, so I don’t blame him.  He yawns and takes a big sip of black coffee which seems to wake him up enough to take another 2 lines of notes.

Test 2: Group of people on the Blue Bus, total of 6 participants

Everyone looks tired like they didn’t get enough sleep the night before.  All but one person is on their cell phone scrolling through facebook or texting.  Nobody I text would be awake this early.  There is no verbal conversation between group members.  A female participant mouths the words to the song she is listening to through her earbuds.  First stop, no participants exit, but some new people get on.  One of the new passengers (female) takes the only available seat next to a male participant.  Male smiles at female and she returns the gesture, but quickly begins to text/play on her phone.  Male seems unwilling to start a conversation.  Other participants are keeping to themselves.  One female is staring out the window listening to her headphones.  Another female participant is reading that day’s issue of the Crimson White.  Two Male participants are on their cell phones.  Last two participants are hugging their backpacks and look at their phones frequently.  Perhaps they are looking at the time to see if they will make it to class without being tardy.  Second stop, one female participant exits. One male participant gives his seat to a female who just boarded the bus.  They exchange smiles, a “thank you so much,” and a “you’re welcome.”  There was no further conversation.

Author: Johnna Dominguez

Johnna Dominguez earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural Studies and Body Politics from the University of Alabama's New College in May 2011. In her senior thesis, Johnna explored the embodiment of identity through sexuality and sports by observing and studying Alabama football fans and participants in the local burlesque troupe, the Pink Box Burlesque. In her Master's thesis, she is investigating the psychological and physical stresses associated with southern women who get tattoos. After completing her Master's in Anthropology, she hopes to return to school for a Master's in Public Health.

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