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Evolution and Cognition Evolution and Cognition Psych 155 Psych 155     Professor Leda Cosmides  TA: Mike Mrazek Office hours: Cosmides: Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 Psych East 3808,  Tuesdays 12:00-1:30 HSSB 1010 Mrazek: Mondays, 11 am – 1 pm, Bldg 429, room  102 ([email protected]) Course website:   http://mentor.lscf.ucsb.edu/course/fall/psyc155 E-res password:  collide
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Evolutionary Psychology Evolutionary Psychology an  approach  to psychology, in which knowledge  and principles from evolutionary biology are  put to use in research on the structure of the  human mind.   not  an area of psychology, like vision, reasoning,  or social behavior.  EP is a  way of thinking   about psychology that can be applied to any  topic within it.  
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1859 Charles Darwin (naturalist, biologist)  publishes  On the origin of species by means  of natural selection 1890 William James (psychologist, philosopher)  publishes  Principles of Psychology Says: Debauch your mind! Make the natural seem strange!
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Charlie task  Charlie task  (Baron-Cohen, 1995) (Baron-Cohen, 1995)
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On making the natural seem strange... On making the natural seem strange... "It takes...a mind debauched by learning to carry the process of  making the natural seem strange, so far as to ask for the why of  any instinctive human act. To the metaphysician alone can such  questions occur as: Why do we smile, when pleased, and not  scowl? Why are we unable to talk to a crowd as we talk to a  single friend? Why does a particular maiden turn our wits so  upside-down? The common man can only say, Of course we  smile, of course our heart palpitates at the sight of the crowd, of  course we love the maiden, that beautiful soul clad in that  perfect form, so palpably and flagrantly made for all eternity to  be loved! And so, probably, does each animal feel about the  particular things it tends to do in the presence of particular  objects. ... To the lion it is the lioness which is made to be loved;  to the bear, the she-bear. To the broody hen the notion would  probably seem monstrous that there should be a creature in the  world to whom a nestful of eggs was not the utterly fascinating  and precious and never-to-be-too-much-sat-upon object which it  is to her. " (William James, 1890) 
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