Evolutionary Psychology research topics

November 15, 2014


Research Symposium (2012)

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Scientists at the Center for Evolutionary Psychology specialize in finding new ways that an evolutionary perspective can inform research on the design of the human mind. In so doing, we have been researching many new topics, as well as trying out new approaches to old topics. Below we provide a partial list with links to some relevant research papers.

For an introduction to the field of evolutionary psychology, see (J. Barkow, L. Cosmides, & J. Tooby, eds. 1992 Oxford University Press). The first two chapters-"The psychological foundations of culture"-(Tooby & Cosmides) and "On the use and misuse of Darwinism in the study of human behavior" (Symons) - provide an introduction to theoretical issues underpinning the field.

Social exchange (reciprocation, reciprocal altruism, cooperation, generosity)

Hazard Management (precautionary reasoning)

Culture

Intelligence (improvisational intelligence; dedicated intelligence; decoupled reasoning (counterfactual reasoning, suppositional reasoning, metarepresentation)

Source: www.cep.ucsb.edu

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