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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Second, and more important, the explanations stemming from evolutionary psychology are not necessarily the most parsimonious ones for many of the behaviors in question (Schlinger, 1996b).
(10.) That young males are prone to risk taking and aggression and that, as a function of their position along the life course, they are especially sensitive to status differentials is well supported in the sociology and evolutionary psychology literatures (Daly and Wilson, 1990; Gottfredson and Hirschi 1990; Pinker, 2011).
Class objectives were both topical and skill-related, and they included the following: mastery of basic topics and definitions related to evolutionary psychology; appreciation of studying the same topic from different perspectives; practice with critical evaluation of scientific articles; effective presentation of topics to peers and facilitation of discussion of readings; effective short written reactions that included analyzing readings rather than just summarizing them.
"Better than Rational: Evolutionary Psychology and the Invisible Hand." American Economics Review Papers and Proceedings, 84(2): 327-332.
A number of counter-arguments to any analysis involving evolutionary psychology exist, the first being the social construction of ideology.
Keywords: Evolutionary psychology; Behavior Analysis; Behaviorism
(14.) Ibid.; Cosmides L and Tooby J, Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer, Santa Barbara, CA: Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997, <http://www.psych.ucsb.edu/research/cep/primer.html>, accessed May 30, 2005; and Weisfeld GE and Woodward L, Current evolutionary perspectives on adolescent romantic relations and sexuality, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2004, 43(1):11-19.
Human nature had traditionally been the realm of novelists, philosophers, and theologicians, but has recently been studied by cognitive science, neuroscience, research on babies and on animals, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology. In this paper I will show--by surveying relevant research and by analyzing some mathematical "case studies"--how different parts of mathematical thinking can be either enabled or hindered by aspects of human nature.
The idea of EEA is a key concept of evolutionary psychology and an indispensable background to Professor Rubin's arguments.
Spink and Cole probe the provocative relationship of human information behavior and evolutionary psychology. Their ambitious work emphasizes the conceptualizing phase of an information process, integrating problem solving along a continuum from preattentive and nonpurposive through adaptive intelligence.

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