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Unit 1 NoteEvolutionary Psychology 3228BEvolutionary Psychology -Human mind = production of natural selection like any other trait Darwin’s Theory of Evolution -Natural Selection: the process through which evolution works, inherited traits become more/less prominent in a population due to differences in fitness -Fitness:ability to survive and reproduce -Materialism: the mind is not only the activity of the brain but is also a physical organ meaning it’s subjected to pressures of natural selection Tenets -Variation: individuals within a species tend to differ from each other -Heritability: offspring inherit traits from their parents -Survival and Reproduction: individuals with traits that best promote survival have best change of transmitting traits to offspring Adaptation -Adaptations: process whereby trait changes through natural selection to function more efficiently in the current environment -Batesian Mimicry: when a harmless species has adapted to be like a harmful species to protect themselves -

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