evolutionary psychology


Definition of evolutionary psychology

: the study of human cognition and behavior with respect to their evolutionary origins

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evolutionary psychologist noun

Examples of evolutionary psychology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some scholars have criticized attempts to explain social behavior in terms of biology as overly reductionist, and many facets of evolutionary psychology, in particular, have faced skepticism in recent years. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man’ Holds Up 150 Years After Publication," 25 Feb. 2021 This is an idea rooted in part in evolutionary psychology, suggesting that getting the doldrums once served a vital purpose in pushing us to change course. Popular Science, "There’s a right and wrong way to be bored," 22 Jan. 2021 But, said Gallup, who has lectured about Oliver in his evolutionary psychology course, there are other possiblities holding infinitely more complicated implications. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Oliver with a twist - Retired freak show chimp still scientific mystery," 9 Dec. 2020 This is a finding that crops up time and time again within evolutionary psychology. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Here's What Young People All Over the World Say They Want Most in a Partner," 13 Sep. 2019 These findings jibe with the research of Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford. Teddy Wayne, New York Times, "Are My Friends Really My Friends?," 12 May 2018 The book offers a summary of the basics of evolutionary theory and then moves on to address three additional topics: evolutionary psychology, the evolution of consciousness and the existence of free will. Yonat Shimron, Houston Chronicle, "Kenneth Miller finds good news in evolution," 22 Apr. 2018 Most scholars of evolutionary psychology reject Mr. MacDonald’s methods and conclusions. Abraham Miller, WSJ, "The Theory Behind That Charlottesville Slogan," 2 Apr. 2018 According to evolutionary psychology, our natural anxieties include social anxieties. Robert Wright, WSJ, "The Meditation Cure," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of evolutionary psychology

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Evolutionary psychology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolutionary%20psychology. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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