d6 - 2 An adaptation is a trait that confers increased...

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Unformatted text preview: 2. An adaptation is a trait that confers increased fitness, and improves the chances that your genes are passed on to as many offspring as possible. Based on this definition, emotions are adaptive in many ways. For one, emotions can help us connect social with others around us. By connecting with our neighbors on an emotional level by trusting them it increases one’s chances of fitness. For example, Wright discusses the past of communal parental care. By gaining the trust of one’s neighbors, a mother can allow them to take care of her baby while she uses her time for other things. This trust allows mothers to, for a lack of a better term, keep her sanity. This is seen in the higher depression numbers in women as Wright mentions. Furthermore, this intuitively makes sense. This emotion of “trust” allows for many people to take care of a baby rather than just one, thus increasing the chances of survival for the baby. Also, emotions immediately following an action sends a signal to us that something we just did probably isn’t...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course BIO 130 taught by Professor Nesmith during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.

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