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The Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology is an essential resource for researchers and students of social psychology and related disciplines.
Chapter 1: Evolutionary Theory and Human Social Behavior
Evolutionary Theory and Human Social Behavior
From an evolutionary perspective, all the reactions people typically have to one another reflect the influence of psychological predispositions that helped our ancestors survive and reproduce. Any behavior can be understood at several levels of analysis, involving immediate triggers in the environment and the person's current biochemistry, developmental experiences, and evolutionary analyses of the adaptive function of certain choices over others. The evolutionary approach is thus not an alternative to other approaches discussed in this book. Instead, researchers adopting this perspective attempt to integrate research findings on ongoing social cognition and interpersonal relationships with theory and research from evolutionary biology, anthropology, and cognitive neuroscience. This chapter reviews research applying evolutionary models to: (1) ...