Evolutionary psychology is an important and rapidly expanding area in the life, social, and behavioral sciences, and this Handbook represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference text in the field today. Chapters in this Handbook address foundational theories and methodological approaches, providing a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field. The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in all areas of psychology, and in related disciplines across the life, social, and behavioral sciences. Part 1: Foundations of Evolution; Part 2: Middle-Level Evolutionary Theories; and Part 3: Research Methods and Strategies.
Chapter 18: Neuroscientific Methods
It is intuitively obvious that the aims and methods of neuroscience and those of evolutionary psychology should intersect in a mutually productive way. Though intuitively obvious, this interdisciplinary prospect is more challenging, both empirically and conceptually, than is immediately apparent. What follows is an overview of both the challenges and the promise of applying neuroscientific methods to evolutionary psychology and is organized into three main sections: (1) a comparison of narrow vs. broad evolutionary psychology, (2) a re-conception of modularity and the information-processing model as empirically accessible by neuroscience, rather than as guiding assumptions of evolutionary psychology, and (3) an overview of the methods of neuroscience that can further the research goals of evolutionary psychology.