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Gordon G. Gallup Jr., Jeremy Atkinson & Daniel D. Moriarty

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 28: Evolutionary Psychology: The Impact of Evolution on Human Behavior

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Evolutionary Psychology: The Impact of Evolution on Human Behavior
Evolutionary psychology: The impact of evolution on human behavior

Evolutionary psychology (EP) uses the theory of evolution to predict and explain human behavior. EP posits that the brain, just like any other organ (e.g., lungs, heart, etc.), has been shaped by natural selection and thus can be best understood from an evolutionary framework. This chapter outlines the theory of evolution and provides a number of concrete examples of EP using the latest research, complete with clinical and societal implications. Additionally, there is a separate section that addresses many common criticisms of EP and evolution.

Evolution

Forget everything you thought you knew about evolution. Evolution does not create ideal creatures or abilities, nor is it based on the “survival of ...

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