EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY

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EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY LEDA COSMIDES AND JOHN TOOBY INTERESTED IN 'NATURAL COMPETENCIES'; i.e., ABILITIES TO SEE, SPEAK, FIND SOMEONE BEAUTIFUL, FEAR DISEASE, FALL IN LOVE, RECIPROCATE A FAVOR, EXPERIENCE MORAL OUTRAGE These abilities are universals—aspects of normative development. All people have these abilities. Not interested in individual differences—why one child is nicer or more aggressive than another THESE ACTITIVIES ARE SUPPORTED BY A HETEROGENEOUS ARRAY OF COMPLEX COMPUTATIONAL MACHINERY; i.e., A SET OF MENTAL ADAPTATIONS THAT EVOLVED TO SOLVE PARTICULAR ADAPTIVE PROBLEMS IN THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT OF EVOLUTIONARY ADAPTEDNESS (EEA). EEA = ENVIRONMENT OF EVOLUTIONARY ADAPTEDNESS = ENVIRONMENT WHICH HUMANS EVOLVED IN AND WHICH PRESENTED THE SET OF PROBLEMS THAT WERE SOLVED BY THE SET OF HUMAN ADAPTATIONS. EXAMPLE: ATTACHMENT IS AN ADAPTATION THAT SOLVED THE PROBLEM PRESENTED BY AN ANCESTRAL ENVIRONMENT WITH PREDATORS AND OTHER DANGERS TO INFANTS. THIS ANCESTRAL ENVIRONMENT IS THE HUMAN EEA.
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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