Psych 411: Evolutionary Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology: the application of the principles of evolutionary biology to understanding human behavior. Some Questions We Will Address: How come our brains are so big? What sorts of reasoning p
Q. What qualities do women look for in a long-term mate? Discuss evidence that exists for each
preference and the evolutionary rationale for each. Specifically, explain in evolutionary terms
why women care more about each of the qualities than men do.
Evolutionary psychology attempts to understand human behavior by determining what
sorts of modules would be needed for humans to survive and reproduce in the Environment of
The EEA is presumed to be in Central Africa during the pe
Evolutionary Theory: Given the chemical makeup of the Earths surface, amino acids
(protein molecules) likely formed in the oceans. Evolutionary theory presumes that at some
point, a replicator consisting of a chain of amino acids was formed by accident. T
Had a brain a little smaller than a chimpanzee. Walked upright on the ground but on all fours in
the trees. Lived 4.4 mya and may or may not have been an ancestor of australopithecus afarensis.
Ardi means ground, pithecus is ape, and
Q. What qualities make men physically attractive, and what do men desire in a long term mate?
Provide an evolutionary explanation for each factor you discuss. Specifically, when describing
what men desire in a long term mate, make sure you explain in evol
Evolution of Language
When did language evolve?
Around 500,000 years ago there was an expansion in the spinal cord in the region
controlling the chest muscles in Homo ergaster. This expansion did not occur in other primates.
This finding suggests Homo erg
Evolution of Humans: Earliest evidence of life comes from fossils that are 38 bya. Best
guess is that the first animals appeared 600 mya. First mammals appeared 200 mya and have
been dominant on land since 65 mya. The new features of mammals all allowed t
Why did brain size increase so much in hominids (creatures in our line but not the chimpanzee
Brains are very expensive in terms of the food that they require.
Byrne and Whiten (1988) Machiavellian Intelligence Theory - The purpose of humans
Levitt (2005) argues that the factors that are correlated with academic success are factors
reflecting who the parents are rather than what the parents do.
Parental education, socioeconomic status, older age when becoming parents, involvement in