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Evolutionary Psychology

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Evolutionary psychology emerged in the 1980s out of the young field of sociobiology, the study of evolved biological determinants of human social behavior. Evolutionary psychologists study how and why human beings evolved to use important resources in order to cognitively construct an individual identity. The field of evolutionary psychology has progressed into an independent discipline and has become increasingly popular in both academic research and popular culture. The basic precept is that much of modern human behavior ...

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