Evolutionary psychology

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  • Impact Of Evolutionary Psychology

    Assess the impact of evolutionary thought on psychology. Illustrate your answer with examples of relevant research. The notion of evolution, as described by both Lamarck and Darwin in the 1800’s, had such an impact on intellectual life that it has changed the way we study the human mind today. Darwin’s (1859) theory is still widely accepted as what we know as the theory of natural selection, and provides a structure for examining human behaviour. He saw the future of psychology as “based on a new foundation”, and evolutionary psychology is now still emerging and developing. Darwinian evolution means we can ask how each aspect of human nature is adaptive as it allows many approaches to be covered by one theory, and provides a “theoretical framework”…

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  • Pros And Cons Of Evolutionary Psychology

    Building on the work of Huxley, Tinbergen (1963) formulated four questions to tap into how organisms were structured and why they evolved the way they did (p. 411). Evolutionary questions typically fall into the why group as they address the ultimate levels of inference. Conversely, questions of ontology seek developmental answers for observable changes. Psychology is primarily concerned with the individual level of analysis, but in the case evolutionary psychology the theoretical and practical…

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  • Evolutionary Psychology Reflection Paper

    Evolutionary psychology has been criticized by many, and before I took this class I was not sure which side of the debate I was on. I felt like evolutionary psychology suggested behavior is caused by nature alone, and to some extent it does, but it depends on interpretation. It searches for biological and physiological causes for human behavior, emotions, and motivation. In my other psychology classes I was hearing different views about evolutionary theory from my professors. One professor…

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  • Examples Of Evolutionary Psychology

    Evolutionary psychology is defined “the branch of psychology that studies the ways in which adaptation and natural selection are connected with mental processes and behavior.” (Rathus, 2013) Natural selection is important because it is the ability to allow species to adapt to the current environment in order to survive and reproduce. Evolutionary psychologists study how adaption and natural selection connect with behavior and mental processes. In other words, they study changes in human…

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  • Evolutionary Approach To Psychology

    used quite frequently in Biology. However, I chose to take a different approach. The other day in psychology class, I realized I could connect my class to biology in many ways. Biology is the study of life while psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. There are many similarities between the two classes such as genetics, evolution, and cell structure. Taking one class helps me to understand the other class much better. This semester, I am currently taking a psychology class. the main…

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  • The Role Of Mismatch In Evolutionary Psychology

    Are we humans perfectly fitted to the world we live in today? Evolutionary psychology suggests this may not be the case. An important concept in evolutionary psychology is mismatch (link is external) (1). Evolutionary mismatch occurs when the environment that organisms are adapted to, via a slow process of biological evolution, changes so quickly and intensely that it hinders these organisms to fulfill their reproductive needs. Take an example from nature. Deforestation has changed the habitats…

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  • Evolutionary Psychology Theory And Attachment Theory Essay

    This essay will investigate the evolutionary psychology theory and the Attachment theory and how they relate to other theories. I will discuss which theory is better in explaining attraction which includes strengths and weaknesses. The Attachment Theory is how one is attracted to another human being and how one builds relationships with different people (Chisholm, 1996). It is said that how one acts and builds attachments to another in adult life can solely relate on how one’s mother treated one…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of Evolutionary Psychology

    The Lakatosian perspective The article starts off by providing a fantastic definition of what Evolutionary Psychology is: “… the application of the principles and knowledge of evolutionary biology to psychological theory and research” and posits that the, “central assumption” of Evolutionary Psychology is that, “the human brain is comprised of a large number of specialized mechanisms that were shaped by natural selection over vast periods of time to solve the recurrent information-processing…

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  • Evolutionary Psychology: Dominant Recessive Genes

    List 8: 1. Evolutionary Psychology (p.43): This is a branch of psychology that focuses on how the behavior of people has evolved over time. It specifically focuses on the importance of natural selection or “survival of the fittest”. Our bodies have adapted over time in order to help us do certain behaviors that allow us to survive and reproduce. I found this concept interesting when it mentioned the physical characteristics of both genders today are related to the behaviors that our ancestors…

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  • The Butterfly Effect

    scientific fields, but is of utmost importance in a species’ evolution (Dizikes). While a child traveling to a former time is simply a naive whim, modern science has made altering nature’s evolutionary means a glaring reality, which exhibits the same dangers…

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