What Is Evolutionary Psychology?

Our bodies evolved over eons, slowly calibrating to the African savanna on which 98 percent of our ancestors lived and died. So, too, did our brains. Evolutionary psychology postulates that the mind is shaped by pressure to survive and reproduce. We jealously guard romantic partners and cherish our closest relatives above all others, lest we fail to pass on our genes. We easily acquire language, which is critical for cooperation and hence survival. Evolutionary psychology acknowledges these forces but stresses the ultimate (and largely unconscious) gene's eye view of behavior.

Recent posts on Evolutionary Psychology

Mend the Gap Between Rich and Poor in School Achievement

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
The more rigid and authoritarian the school program is, the greater is the achievement gap between rich and poor. The more trusting and empowering it is, the smaller is the gap.

Why Do We Love the View From High Above?

By Andrea Bartz on September 19, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
The weird psychological reason you'll take an elevator to the 102nd floor.
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Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Digital Pandemic
Do our observations of gender differences hold up to scientific inquiry?

The Voice of a Cheater

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
New research suggests we can tell whether someone has a history of infidelity just by listening to their voice.

The Shrinking Breast Fashion

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Human Beast
Women seeking breast augmentation are opting for smaller sizes than previously. Why the change?

Reasons Not to Date an Attractive, Masculine Man

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Dating and Mating
The benefits of dating an attractive man are clear, but have you considered the drawbacks?

Psychodynamic Running

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in The Me in We
A new running meditation and how it works holistically, engaging both mind and body.

Gaydar Goes AI and Populism Comes to Science

An upcoming study on a computer program that categorizes sexual preference from photos has come under fire.

The Evolution of True Friendship

By Gus Cooney on September 12, 2017 in Real Talk
The Evolution of True Friendship

When 'Speak Out' Culture Becomes 'Callout' Culture

College callout culture has breached the campus gate, and Google is the first high-profile company to join the post-rational world. What allowed it to happen; can it happen again?

Taking Risks to Move the Culture Forward

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in More Than Mortal
Chatting with the founder of a new online magazine dedicated to publishing diverse views in politics, science, culture, and the arts.

Why Is My Phone So Addictive?

Your phone triggers dopamine and oxytocin and relieves cortisol.

Just How Happy Is Your Dog? It May Take a Quick Eye to Know

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 06, 2017 in Canine Corner
Data indicates that quick, subtle, micro-expressions on a dog's face can indicate its emotional state

Why Do Humans Make Art?

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Beastly Behavior
Understanding the the many aspects of art reveals its possible functions and origins in our past.

Revisiting the Google Manifesto

Were there gender difference in the past? It is extremely likely. Do we know if they were like gender differences we see today? No.

Neither Ghost Nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Us

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 02, 2017 in Ambigamy
The biggest gap in psychology finally filled, an explanation for why things matter to you but not to your computer, bed or car.

Why We Forget Names (But Not Faces)

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 02, 2017 in Talking Apes
Humans are quite good at recognizing familiar faces, but we often fail to remember even familiar names.

Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 2

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in Insight Therapy
We fancy ourselves rational and independent, eager to learn and adapt. But are we?

One Simple Question for Modern Humans Who Want to Be Happy

Our minds must operate in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Yet their underlying hardware was molded in a tribal context on the African Savanna. How can we make this work?

Neurodiversity and Autism in College

Another way to look at autism, neurodiversity, and how we face diversity as a society and as individuals.

Wealthy Is as Wealthy Feels

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Human Beast
How satisfied people are with their lifestyle has almost nothing to do with objective realities and everything to do with where they see themselves in the pecking order.

Evolutionary Logic

Some people are confused on the basic reasoning of evolutionary psychology. Once you understand “evolutionary logic,” it all falls into place.

The Twilight Saga and Immortality Striving

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Hero in You
If we accept our human condition and the many emotions that accompany mortality such as pain, discomfort, and, ultimately, death, we can begin to move beyond it.

The Empty Seat Problem

This common error known to pilots reveals one our mind's most dangerous flaws. Find out what it takes to avoid it.

Discovering Infidelity on Facebook

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
How do men and women react when then discover their partner is cheating on them on Facebook?

Human-Like Consciousness and Human-Like Intelligence

The relationship between human-like qualities and the capacity for consciousness, the H-C plane, gets more complicated with the consciousness and attention dissociation.

US Open: Do Tennis Players Who Grunt Have an Advantage?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Researchers have found that tennis professionals grunt differently when they win and lose. So, can we predict the winners at the 2017 US open by their grunts alone?

War, Intelligence Collectors, and Inevitable Mortality

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Caveman Politics
Your job is to go into a dangerous place and talk with people who may want to kill you. Your job constantly reminds you of your own mortality. How do you do this job effectively?

Does Testosterone Contribute to Men's Postpartum Depression?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Home Base
Postpartum depression can affect dads as well as moms. Testosterone might play a role—and has some surprising consequences for the well-being of fathers and their partners.

The Look of a Leader

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Talking Apes
Research shows that we select our leaders—whether in politics, business, or informal groups—based on the features of their faces, even when other information may be more relevant.