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Unformatted text preview: • An adaptation is an inherited characteristic that increases in a population because it provides a survival or reproductive advantage. • Inclusive fitness is the reproductive fitness of an individual organism plus any effect that the organism has on increasing reproductive fitness in related organisms. • Evolution relies on mutations , or small changes in genes. Evolutionary Psychology • Evolutionary psychologists use evolutionary theory to explain patterns in psychological characteristics. • Researchers study mating behavior to investigate aspects of evolutionary psychology. • Parental investment refers to all the resources spent to produce and raise offspring. • Sexual selection refers to the tendency of females to choose mates based on certain characteristics, which are then passed on to their male offspring....
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.
- Winter '09