evolutionary psychology


Definition of evolutionary psychology

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

Other Words from evolutionary psychology

evolutionary psychologist noun

Examples of evolutionary psychology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Casting necessitates finding actors willing to put in months of training and do the research required by the filmmakers, specifically reading books on philosophy and evolutionary psychology. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 Another is megapundit Robert Wright, an old friend, with whom I’ve often argued about evolutionary psychology and Buddhism. John Horgan, Scientific American, 14 Aug. 2021 That interpretation reflects a common error in evolutionary psychology, which is that observations based on present-day humans represents what happened in the past. Jv Chamary, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 22 Jan. 2021 See More

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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 30 Jun. 2022.

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