What is Evolutionary Psychology?
Evolutionary psychology is a discipline that integrates insights from a variety of sources, which include modern evolutionary theory, biology, psychology, anthropology, economics, computer science, and paleoarchaeology. The discipline rests on a foundation of core premises: (1) Behavior depends on underlying psychological mechanisms — information processing devices housed in the brain in conjunction with the external and internal inputs that trigger their activation; (2) Evolution by selection is the only known causal process capable of creating such complex adaptive mechanisms; (3) Evolved psychological mechanisms are functionally specialized to solve adaptive problems that recurred for humans over deep evolutionary time; (4) Selection shaped information processing to be adaptively influenced by specific classes of information from the environment; (5) Human psychology consists of a large number of functionally specialized evolved mechanisms, each sensitive to particular forms of contextual input, which are combined, coordinated, and integrated to produce manifest behavior.
Evolutionary Psychology Resources
PBS Series on Evolution:
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea Part 1
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea Part 2
Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial