Problem Set 8

Problem Set 8 - Anthropology 005 Introduction to Physical...

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Anthropology 005 Introduction to Physical Anthropology Problem Set # 8: Evolution and Human Behavior 1. Evolutionary Psychology assumes that human behavior, just like human anatomy and physiology has been  shaped by the evolutionary process. A. Can you justify that assumption? Yes because the selection of alleles for behavior is no difference than the selection for alleles for physical aspects of the phenotype. Beneficial behaviors will be selected for just as beneficial physical characteristics are. B. Don’t the advanced learning capacities of humans negate the relevance of an evolutionary approach to human  behavior? No because the brain serves a variety of different functions other than learning. 2. Evolutionary psychology assumes that the brain is composed of many domain-specific cognitive modules. A. What does the phrase “domain-specific” mean? It means that each part of the brain has separate functions for separate tasks.
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