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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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).
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.