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  • Evolutionary Psychology

    Evolutionary psychology is an approach in the social and natural sciences that studies the psychological behaviours and adaptations of humans to the changing physical and social environment. It’s basically a combination of evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology. In 1859‚ Charles Darwin set out his theory of evolution by natural selection as an explanation for adaptation and speciation. He believed that all plants and animals had evolved from a few common ancestors by means of natural selection

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  • Evolutionary Psychology

    Evolutionary psychologists view human behavior and psychological traits as a result of evolutionary adaptation in response to reproductive needs – much like the concept of natural selection applied to reproduction‚ or sexual selection. Drawing from this perspective‚ evolutionary psychologists and professionals seek to explain the differences between male and female dating and mating rituals and sexual attitudes and how they have evolved throughout the centuries. For example‚ researchers employ the

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  • Evolutionary Psychology

    Evolutionary Psychology This paper addresses a fundamental limitation in most attempts to apply the findings of evolutionary psychology to the human condition. Most attempts focus on how our biological past constrains and limits our behavioural options (including our cognitive abilities). They generally fail to look at whether these constraints can be overcome in our future evolution. To date‚ evolutionary psychology has not satisfactorily addressed a key question: are we beings forever constrained

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  • Psychology Evolutionary Theory of Aggression

    Evolutionary psychologists believe that aggression is linked through genes and has been maintained biologically as people have adapted to the changing physical and social demands of the environment. In the past‚ males that found other mates desirable found it necessary to compete with other males. The most successful male was the most aggressive. This aggressive behaviour made sure that the fittest males survived and were more successful in securing mates and passing on their genetic fitness to their

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  • Theory of Evolutionary Psychology

    Theory of Evolutionary Psychology PSY 331 Instructor Malish Jan. 11‚ 2012 The Evolutionary theory of learning is a sub- category of the school of Evolutionary psychology. The study of evolutionary psychology focuses on a combination of sciences‚ evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology‚ anthropology‚ and neuroscience. The basic theory seeks to explain‚ through universal mechanisms‚ why humans act and learn the way they do. EP (evolutionary psychology) theorists attempt to reconstruct early

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  • Can Evolutionary Psychology Explain Individual Differences in Personality?

    “Yes‚ we are all individuals!” Can evolutionary psychology explain individual differences in personality? It is now a “rule” that “all human behavioural traits are heritable” (Turkeimer‚ 2000. cited in Pinker 2002). Pinker says that when psychologist Eric Turkheimer made this bold claim in 2000‚ he was encapsulating over 40 years of studies that overwhelmingly and robustly support this view‚ and only slightly exaggerating (Pinker 2002). Estimates of the mean heritability for the fundamental

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  • Sex Difference in Evolutionary Psychology

    critic the factors that essentially manipulate and manage behaviour (Jureidini & Poole 2000). Hence‚ the current essay provides a cogent explanatory framework for understanding the causation of sex differences‚ anchored primarily from evolutionary psychology‚ with criticisms reported against its concepts on sex differences. Sexuality is sexual behaviour‚ epitomized as the inherent behavioural predispositions‚ augmenting the probability of passing genes into future progeny (Buss‚ 1989). Human

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  • Evolutionary Psychology

    The concept of evolutionary psychology explains that human behavior is largely influenced by their evolutionary ancestors through six theories and methods. Evolutionary psychology proposes that a lot of human behavior can be explained by the change of the physical and social environments through time. It argues that “much of human behavior is the output of psychological adaptations that evolved to solve recurrent problems in human ancestral environments.” (Evolutionary Psychology) The goals of

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  • Evolutionary Psychology

    Evolutionary Psychology of gender development emphasizes that adaptation during the evolution of human produced psychological differences between males and females. Evolutionary psychologist argue that primarily because of their differing roles in reproduction‚ males and females faced different pressures in primeval environments when the human species was evolving. So according to evolutionary psychologist females contributions to the gene pool were improved by securing resources for their offsprings

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  • Evolutionary Psychology

    the past. With that in mind‚ it can be true that evolutionary psychology is solely based on comparisons of behaviours on only what history allows us to look back on. Homosexuality and homicide are two adaptive behaviours which both might represent genetic adaption of behaviour to increase survival and reproduction. in terms of homosexuality‚ Zietsch et al (2008) explains his theories providing an explanation to this form of evolutionary psychology on page 62. Perhaps homosexuals do not prevent reproduction

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