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Evolutionary - Evolutionary Psychology Evolution- What is...

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Evolutionary Psychology
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Evolution- What is it? Small changes over time in response to the environment Organisms exists in numbers that out number that which can be supported by the environment. The environment will favor some individuals over others.
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Variation - traits vary within the species Some are bigger Some are stronger Inheritance - traits need to be reliably passed from parent to offspring Selection - organisms with heritable variants leave more offspring because attributes help them survive
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Exaggerated Traits
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Selection Natural Selection Sexual Selection- Intrasexual competition – Animals of the same sex compete for mates Intersexual selection- preferential mate choice Sexual Dimorphism- differences between sexes Can now be used to predict many aspects of behavior!
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Evolutionary Psychology- What is it? Uses Darwinian theory to explain not just physiology but also behavior. Inclusive fitness Sociobiology- E.O. Wilson
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Evolutionary Psych – What is it? Why is the brain organized the way it is? Causal processes How is the mind designed? What are the functions of the parts of the brain? How does the current environment interact with the brain to produce observable behavior?
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Some methods for Studying Evo- Psych Animal Data Archeological Records Anthropology Self Report Correlational Methods
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Ev Psych- misconceptions Genetic Determinism – argues that behavior is controlled completely by the genes. If it’s evolutionary- it can’t be changed Current Mechanisms are Optimally designed- There is NO such thing as MORE evolved!!!!
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Proximate Causes- What mechanisms enable the organism to exhibit behavior Ultimate Causes- in terms of evolution, how and why did this behavior come to be? Concerned with the Whys of human behavior.
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