evolutionary psychology


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

Examples of evolutionary psychology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For fields like population genetics, evolutionary psychology and sociobiology, the gene is a unit of calculation in the exact sense formulated by Johannsen in 1909. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2013 He's generally argued that our closest relatives are smarter than people had previously believed, with major implications for evolutionary psychology. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2010 Carole Jahme has a master's degree in evolutionary psychology and is the author of Beauty and the Beast: Woman, Ape and Evolution. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2011 Her theory draws on evolutionary psychology, which explains human behavior in the context of the adaptations that helped our forebears survive and pass on their genes in the ancestral environment. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2022 Our research explores this question through the lens of evolutionary psychology. Benjamin Kaveladze, The Conversation, 12 July 2022 So while technological possibility is a core pillar of growth, so too is future literacy, evolutionary psychology, the prevailing culture and complex economics. Aarron Spinley, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Before shooting, the Wachowskis sent him to martial-arts training camp but also told him to read Baudrillard and books on evolutionary psychology and cybernetics. Alex Pappademas, The New Yorker, 30 Dec. 2021 The book launched the field of evolutionary psychology and won Wilson the first of two Pulitzer Prizes. Andrea Stone, Culture, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of evolutionary psychology was in 1890

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“Evolutionary psychology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolutionary%20psychology. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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