Lecture 4-Nature vs Nurture

Lecture 4-Nature vs Nurture - EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY Why...

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Why are people so similar? What is it? Key Questions: 1. People appear really different. Why, then, does the human genome display so little variability? 2. Why do we have so much in common? 3. If this is true, then shouldn’t we observe differences in people related to the different evolutionary pressures they face? EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY Gender Differences in Reproductive Behavior Fact : Men and women differ in their willingness to engage in sexual activity. Men are less concerned about Don’t believe me???? Evidence: Having multiple partners Knowing their partners well Their partner’s level of commitment How does Evolutionary Psych. explain those findings? 1. Women have … way fewer opportunities to bear offspring -need to be picky in choosing mate -wealth, status and power will protect child, promote her genes 2. Men can have … 1000 children if they want to -bad partner lots of other opportunities -want to have as many kids as possible -wants to find fertile women (young, attractive) Problems with Evolutionary Psychology
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course PSYCH 100 taught by Professor Cave during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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Lecture 4-Nature vs Nurture - EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY Why...

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