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evolutionary psychology

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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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Evolutionary psychologists are, for the most part, cognitivists and repeat the standard criticisms of behaviorism (e.
For the first time archaeologists, evolutionary psychologists, social anthropologists, sociologists and linguists will work together to reconstruct our ancestors' social lives and behaviour from the archaeological evidence of bones and tools.
Evolutionary psychologists argue that genes determine not just human physical, but human behavioral tendencies to a much greater degree than many people want to believe.
Thus, violence is a limited social pathology, but one that evolutionary psychologists seek to explain because of its distressing, even tragic, results.
trigger an increase in endorphins, the brain chemicals known for their feel-good effect," writes James Gorman of The New York Times in "Scientists Hint at Why Laughter Feels So Good" from September 2011, summarizing Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford University.
Study co-author and evolutionary psychologist Dr Shelli Dubbs said that the women perceived the softer-looking men to be less likely to stray, kinder and more willing to share their money and assets with them and their children.
Barash, an evolutionary psychologist and biologist, then delves into how the human urges to create art and religion might have evolved.
This is an example of a supernormal stimulus, the essence of which, Barrett (an evolutionary psychologist at Harvard Medical School's Behavioral Medicine Program) explains, "is that the exaggerated imitation can exert a stronger pull than the real thing.
Rather than being open to the creative surprises of the literary imagination, the evolutionary psychologist seeks confirmation for his theory in literature and when he doesn't find it, it is literature that is at fault.
Evolutionary psychologist Professor Nicholas Humphrey, of the London School of Economics, is studying the family.
According to Mr Foley, however, the title was not so easily won: "We invited Northumbria University's evolutionary psychologist Nick Neave to get involved to provide some academic judgment to which he concluded Iain could be regarded as classically good looking because of his wide, well proportioned features and welcoming smile.
A team led by Nick Neave, an evolutionary psychologist at Northumbria University, sought to establish whether different prenatal testosterone levels and the different faces they mould had any effect on a man's personality or physical attractiveness.

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