1) variation among individuals
2) much of this variation is inherited
3) more individuals are produced than can survive
heritable traits that increase probability of survival/reproduction will become more widespread
Assignment 5A: Letter to a Friend
Take Evolutionary Psychology (EP)! I love it and think youll love it, too. For me, EP is one of the most
interesting and valuable branches of contemporary psychology. Ive learned a lot so
You Pick the Format!
Complete either 5A or 5B below. Don't do both!
Assignment 5A is a short written assignment.
Assignment 5B is a series of questions about a research paper.
Choose ONE of these to complete. If you complete both you will re
1. Cultural Relativism
a. This term describes the concept behind being able to understand a person. In order to
adequately put yourself in their shoes, one must understand their culture. This is
because many people are brought up and raised through the co
Infants identify and selectively pay attention to native speakers of their
Social preferences are a phenomenon of the mind that has intrigued psychologists
for years. What automatically draws us to certain people and not ot
This article generally did a good job at summarizing the findings of the scientific research and
putting them in context. Indeed, the article does not merely state the findings and draw
conclusions from them, but it fir
Week 4 - Human Mate Choice
Unit 4.1 - Long Term Mating Strategies
Human mate choice
How has evolution affected human mating strategies and mate choice mechanisms? What are
females interested in and what are males interested in?
Human mating systems
Week 2 - Natural Selection and Human Origins
Unit 2.1 - Human Origins
Where and when did humans evolve?
Who/what were the ancestors of humans?
What was the environment to which early humans were adapted?
Paleoanthropology - study of
Week 5 - Cognitive Development
Unit 5.1- Development and Innateness
Development as an epigenetic process
Contributions to development
Genes and environment
Debate between early ethologis
Week 3 - Sexual Selection
Unit 3.1 - Behaviour Genetics
Behaviour genetics - types of gene variation that result in behavioural variation
Single gene variations
Quantitative variation (polygenism)
Week 1 - Introduction to Evolution
Unit 1.1 - What is Evolutionary Psychology?
Examples of studies in evolutionary psychology
1. Which dancer is better? (study of symmetry)
Movements are from real people, and dancing motions captured by a computer
species range from solitary to complex social groups
costs and benefits to group living?
Costs to Living in Groups
o food, mates, resources
Increased parasite/disease transmission*
o Young animals in critical period, will form memory for an individual and follow them
Some mammals like Duck, follow as if was the mother
o following early exposure to cues of mother young will follow
Mens Long-Term Mating Preferences
Male mating strategy
o across taxa males tend
to compete to be chosen by females
be less choosey about whom they will mate with
o parental investment theory
strength of choosiness should be related degree of parent
Male and Female Reproductive Strategies
o males and females differ in reproductive strategy as a result of differences in
females limited by number of eggs
males limited by number of fertilizations
parent offspring correlations have been assumed by SSSM as evidence that parenting is
cannot dissociate genetic and environmental contributions
o shared home
o shared genes
Broad sense heritability
the amount of variation
Evolutionary psychology as a field
o Which face is more attractive?
Human mate choice
Composite faces of the a) 10 women with highest and b) 10 with lowest levels of
late follicular oestrogen metabolite
Faces more fertile should be rated
What is E. P?
Comparison to the standard social science model (SSSM).
SSSM and cultural relativism
o Blank state
o Irrelevance of biology
o General laws of learning
Critique of the SSSM (Tooby and COsmides)
1. Misunderstands the Nature
Press Release Based on Research
Assignment 4 follows on Assignment 3.
Your assignment is to write a concise summary of the research article that was covered by the media article you
critiqued in Assignment 3. Your goal is to avoid an