evolutionary psychology

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evolutionary psychology

a branch of PSYCHOLOGY that seeks to identify universal human psychological mechanisms/ capacities by grounding exploration in a ‘reverse engineering’, in assumptions about those environments – specifically HUNTER-GATHERER society – in which human capacities will have evolved by Darwinian natural and sexual selection. It regards itself as far from neglecting CULTURE and learning, but as potentially providing a better grounding and understanding of these, not reductionistically, but in a manner which acknowledges ‘emergence’. Topics treated in this way, include LANGUAGE capacity, EXCHANGE, COOPERATION (see Barkow, Cosmides and Tooby). Although criticized by theorists such as Gould (19), as involving ‘just so stories ’, lacking crucial tests, evolutionary psychology presents itself as a ‘scientifically realist’ theory.
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Adaptively Relevant Environments Versus the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness.
Human nature, early experience and the environment of evolutionary adaptedness.
Those psychological mechanisms are adaptations to the way of life of hunter-gatherer of the Pleistocene and not necessarily to our modern circumstances and they were designed to solve the adaptative problems of our ancestors in this Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness (EEA).

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