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Evolution%2C+heredity%2C+brain - Question: Why do we think...

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Unformatted text preview: Question: Why do we think babies (and kittens and puppies) are so cute? Evolutionary Psychology the application of evolutionary principles to psychological functioning species-typical behaviors behaviors that are characteristic of a particular animal species in its natural environment The inherited characteristics that have remained part of our species are those that enabled humans to become better adapted to their environment (i.e., to survive and thrive) (theory of natural selection) ETHOLOGY The study of animal behavior in its natural environment (the example of imprinting) Question: Are characteristics that are strongly inherited difFcult to change? HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS ARE . . . 1. MULTIFACTORIAL (infuenced by heredity and environment) PHENOTYPE = GENOTYPE X ENVIRONMENT What you are like = Heredity X Environment HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS ARE . . . 2. POLYGENIC (infuenced by many genes simultaneously) Additive : Each gene makes a contribution Dominant - recessive : One gene masks the other Your riend has learned in the news that a gene or addictive disorders has been discovered....
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