9/14 - 9/14 1 Evolutionary Psychology a The intersection...

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9/14 1. Evolutionary Psychology a. The intersection between biology and psychology b. The study of how an organism’s long term history contributed to its evolution c. Human and primate cognition and behavior could be better understood by examining them in light of human and primate evolutionary history . Specifically, EP proposes that the primate brain comprises a large number of functional mechanisms , called Evolved Psychological Mechanisms (EPM's) that evolved by natural selection to effect or facilitate the reproduction of the organism. These mechanisms are universal in the species , with the exception that some will be specific to one sex or to individuals of a certain age. Uncontroversial examples of psychological adaptations include vision, hearing, memory , and motor control . More controversial examples include differences in male and female mating preferences and strategies, temperaments and cognitive abilities, incest avoidance mechanisms, cheater detection mechanisms and capture
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSY 101 taught by Professor Savare during the Fall '07 term at SUNY Albany.

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9/14 - 9/14 1 Evolutionary Psychology a The intersection...

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