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Trends in Evolutionary Psychology
A look at the field of evolutionary psychology.
# 151702 | 831 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2012 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Social)

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This paper examines an emerging field of psychology known as evolutionary psychology, presenting its seven basic tenets. The paper gives an overview of evolutionary psychology and shows how it is related to cognitive, behavioral and biological psychology. It also describes its points of departure from those more established disciplines. Next, the paper highlights controversy surrounding this field. Then, it cites recent research and notable scholars in the area. Finally, the paper warns against the possible risks of identifying as an evolutionary psychologist because of its controversial nature.

From the Paper:

"There has been a lot of discussion, actually more controversial comments, on this evolutionary psychology. In their article, "The Seven Sins of Evolutionary Psychology," Panksepp and Paksepp (2008) analyze the degree to which unsubstantiated explanations of human behavior are being spouted by new forms of psychology instead of helping to better understand human brain/minds. The authors believe that evolutionary psychology has recently "gone too far" to cover the brain mechanisms that make up human nature. They call these errors the "seven major flaws," which are as follows with the authors' subsequent retort: 1) Are there really Pleistocene sources of current human social adaptations?--It appears that much of brain evolution throughout the Pliocene and Pleistocene eras was based on the development of foresight, hindsight and language instead of any fine-grained molding of unique socio-affective mechanisms; 2) Excessive species-centrism in evolutionary psychology.--Despite the fact that it is possible to understand evolutionary psychology species-centrism because of anthropocentric predispositions of most of current schools of psychology, say the authors, this viewpoint by the evolutionary psychologists causes major shortcomings in the ability to better understand fundamental issues of human brain/mind evolution. Many human values and ways of giving meaning to everyday events may be based on primitive brain processes genetically shared..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Panksepp, J. and. Panksepp, J.P. (2000). The seven sins of evolutionary psychology. Evolution and Cognition 6 , 108-131.
  • Tooby, J. and L. Cosmides, (2005), "Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology." In D. Buss (ed.), The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (pp. 5-67) Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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