Evolutionary Psychology

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Evolutionary Perspectives on Psychology
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Outline for Today Why are we talking about Evolution? Evolution 101 Mechanisms of genetic Inheritance The role of Learning & Culture in evolutionary psychology Limits on functionalist thinking
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Why are we talking about Evolution? It offers us a broader level of analysis to consider when explaining both our behavior and the neuro-physiological structures and mechanisms that sustain them It offers us a Functional explanation for psychological phenomenon (which the book refers to throughout the chapters)
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Functionalism Definition : The attempt to explain behavior in terms of what it accomplishes for the behaving individual. In practice, Functionalists analyze traits by attempting to understand the ways in which each trait helped ancestral (or modern) members of the species survive and reproduce.
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Thinking like a Functionalist The Prisoner’s Game (or Prisoner’s Dilemma
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Two Types of Functionalist Explanations Ultimate Explanations: How did this characteristic improve the survival and reproductive chances of our ancestors? How did it help them get their genes into the next
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