evolutionary psychology

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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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Rubin begins at the beginning, with an account of hunter-gatherer life in the human "environment of evolutionary adaptedness" (EEA).
Their focus then is on the selection pressures that caused the design of an adaptation, like the African savanna, which is referred to as the environment of evolutionary adaptedness. A favorite saying of EP is that our modern skulls house a stone aged mind.
Evolution solved problems that were common in the "environment of evolutionary adaptedness" of the Stone Age hunter-gatherer situation, not of the modem high technology situation (Cosmides and Tooby, 1997).

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