evolutionary psychology


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evolutionary psychology

n.
The branch of psychology in which aspects of brain structure, cognition, and behavior are interpreted as evolutionary adaptations to the physical or social environment.
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Primal Roots of Horror Cinema: Evolutionary Psychology and Narratives of Fear
The latter is an example of the type of "just-so story" that plagues much of evolutionary psychology (Schlinger, 1996a).
Our intention here is to examine how evolutionary psychology, in tandem with Merton's original theory of social structure and anomie, might help us predict more effectively officers' adaptive responses to anomic social conditions.
“The software will be based on PUA techniques that have science to back them up and on Evolutionary Psychology which has shed a lot of light on human attraction and mating in recent decades.”
Over the past few years, I have become convinced that advertising or marketing is potentially a kind of GalEipa- gos Islands for understanding evolutionary psychology. Just as the beaks of finches can reveal a great deal about physical evolution, so the patterns of human consumer- ism can help us reverse engineer a better understand- ing of what people really want, as distinct from what they say they want.
"Our ancestors lived in a world without social or medical insurance, and so they benefited from covering each other's shortfalls through mutual help," says John Tooby, professor of anthropology and codirector of the Center for Evolutionary Psychology. "If your neighbor is starving and you have food, you can save his life by sharing with him.
A class on evolutionary psychology can take many forms but always involves an interdisciplinary approach because of the subject matter and topics covered.
Drawing on research in evolutionary psychology, he advocates a world in which spirituality is viewed as a dangerous rather than an admirable quality, and suggests ways in which we can overcome our innate predisposition toward irrationality.
Meller accepts the premises of evolutionary psychology, a controversial school of thought grounded in the assumption that our bodies and brains evolved to handle Stone Age conditions.
Archaeological evidence and analysis blends with insights in evolutionary psychology and neuroscience to provide a new understanding of shamanism and its connections with early myth and religion.
The field of 'Evolutionary Psychology' (EP) is concerned with identifying and describing the adaptive evolutionary bases of human behavioural and psychological phenomena.
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