Sunday, May 5, 2013

What is evolutionary psychology?

Denis Dutton gives the following definition in his book “The Art Instinct” [1]:
Evolutionary psychology is the study of the developmental history and adaptive functions of the mind, including the ways those functions shape the mind's cultural products.
Denis Dutton, 2009.

For comparison and further study, here is a selection of related definitions, introductions and interesting excursions [2-7]. Also, there is an open-access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to this discipline [8]. 

Keywords: psychology, evolution, anthropology, human mind.

References and more to explore
[1] Denis Dutton: The Art Instinct. Beauty, Pleasure & Human EvolutionBloomsbury Press, New York, 2009; page 86.
[2] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Evolutionary Psychology [].
[3] Psychology Today: What is Evolutionary Psychology? [].
[4] Systems - Evolutionary Psychology [].
[5] Edward H. Hagen, Institute for Theoretical Biology, Berlin: What is evolutionary psychology? [].
[6] Scholarpedia: Evolutionary psychology [].
[7] Science Daily: Evolutionary psychology [].
[8] Evolutionary Psychology [].

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