evolved psychological mechanism


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evolved psychological mechanism

universal human psychological capacities assumed to have evolved by natural selection (see EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY).
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Some researchers suspect this reaction stems from an evolved psychological mechanism for avoiding incest.
More to the point, perhaps, the extent to which women's adaptive responses could be attributed to certain evolved psychological mechanisms would have to be determined while, at the same time, accounting for the mediating role of the life-course and myriad subcultural and organizational dynamics.
From within that tangled mess of synergistic relations we are, at times, afforded an important glimpse of behaviors that are manifestations of evolved psychological mechanisms that once bestowed a competitive advantage upon our male ancestors.
Many of the mind's evolved psychological mechanisms take the form of simple heuristics, which are rules of thumb or decision-making shortcuts to adaptive behavior that rely on little information and little cognitive processing (see Gigerenzer, Todd, and the ABC Research Group, 1999).
Evolution has equipped our minds with a set of evolved psychological mechanisms to guide us through particular types of tasks in specific adaptive problem domains.
The evolved psychological mechanisms associated with status hierarchy negotiation and status maintenance may lead to antisocial behavior when the perception of status-inappropriate behavior by each individual engenders a status protecting and promoting arms race that erupts in violence.
According to Wilson and Daly (Daly & Wilson, 1988; Wilson & Daly, 1998; Wilson, Daly, & Daniele, 1995), killing an intimate partner is not the product of evolved psychological mechanisms, but is a byproduct of mechanisms selected for their nonlethal outcomes.
Although evolutionary psychology comprises more speculation than data, empirical studies now point toward several evolved psychological mechanisms that help shape the human condition, the Michigan psychologist notes.