Evolutionary Psychology Essential Reads

We’re All a Bit Racist

It may be unintentional, but we’re all a little bit racist.

Why It Is So Easy to Hate Each Other

One of the oldest and most pernicious of human qualities is the ease with which we put people into categories.

Guns Really Are the Cause of Shootings

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in The Human Beast
Contrary to a well-worn slogan, it really is guns that shoot people. This principle is shockingly revealed by comparisons of police shootings between the US and other countries.

Support, or Succumb to, the Presumptive Leader!

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in Peace and War
As subordinate politicians mull whether or not to support their party's "presumptive nominee," they are acting out an ancient evolutionary script.

Evolved as One People

Right before our eyes, the world has seemed to all but unravel. Perhaps an evolutionary perspective can help us remember that we’re all in the same boat.

Paleo Reality

The Paleo movement may be controversial, but at its core, it’s dead-on. Here’s why.

Why Women Are More Depressed Than Men

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 05, 2016 in Pop Psych
To understand why women are more depressed than men, you need to understand the adaptive function of depression

History of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society

This post combines my interest in evolutionary psychology along with my interest in doing my best to inspire young minds to achieve. Here is the story of NEEPS.

How a Cultural Meme Was Born

New insights into the origin of language as a mandrill in an English zoo invents a gesture for "leave me alone," and it spreads through the community

Does FGM Make Women Less Interested in Sex?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is practised in many countries, most of which are in Africa. Proponents of FGM claim that it limits women's interest in sex. But are they right?

DNA Imaging: Icon of a New, Genomic Literacy

Images of DNA pose the problem of genomic literacy and raise questions about what the text of the genome means, with potentially revolutionary implications for society.

Comparing Morality: Clinton and Trump Tweets Head to Head

Clinton and Trump both season their Twitter rhetoric with morality-laced words. But they do it very differently.

That’s Not Really True About Evolutionary Psychology

There are plenty of science-based criticisms of evolutionary psychology. And they are often misguided. Here’s why.

Buying Local Food Won't Save the Planet

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in The Human Beast
We are all concerned about the environment and about what life will be like for generations yet unborn. So the idea of local sourcing is becoming very popular.

Do We Really Think Long-Haired Women Are More Attractive?

By Autumn Whitefield-Madrano on June 20, 2016 in Face Value
You've probably heard that straight men prefer long hair on women. But studies on the matter show that it doesn't matter nearly as much as you think.

Is Hillary Clinton Tall Enough to Win?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in The Human Beast
Throughout history, the taller candidate has had an advantage in presidential elections. Why is that? Does the advantage of taller stature make it more difficult for women to win?

Lessons About Gendered Behaviors from Mountain Gorillas

A population of Mountain Gorillas recently underwent a complete upheaval in the most central aspects of their gender-based social structures. If they can do it, so can we.

A Surprising Hormone Is Important for Sexuality in Women

Women are not as free from the effects of hormones as once was thought.

What Kind of a Leader Are You?

Dominant leaders use force to keep subordinates in line. Prestige-oriented leaders base their status on skills and information, using very different tactics. Which is better?

What to Do When Your Routine Becomes a Rut

When a routine becomes a rut you miss opportunities to try something new. Balance risks and rewards to avoid getting stuck doing the same old thing.

Surprised These Rockers Are Still Alive?

Why do we so often wait until someone is gone before we openly declare how much they meant to us?

Yes, Humans Are Still Evolving

Popular claims that human beings are no longer the subject of evolution often confuse the terms "natural selection" and "evolution." Indeed, we are still evolving!

Is there any way to save the world?

Do our big comfort-seeking brains doom us to destroy our world? A self-sustaining community called Earthship raises hope, but psychology is needed to change our choices.

Are Wealthy People More Likely to Cheat?

Recent studies suggest money makes men see more flaws in their female partners' appearance and makes them inclined to cheat. Do women experience the same effects?

Evolutionary Psychology Goes Just Fine with Religion

There is no need for religion and evolutionary psychology to be in conflict. Here's why.

The Evolutionary Psychology of Humility

Stewardship is broadly valued in others - just as selfishness is broadly repulsed. Here’s why.

Is Joy Communal?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on May 18, 2016 in The Human Beast
The epidemic of depression that emerged with urbanization in the US is often attributed to loneliness in large cities. Perhaps it is also due to less opportunities to express joy.

What's in a Voice?

Researchers have discovered a connection between certain female vocal features and physical attractiveness, health, and fertility, indicating an evolutionary mechanism.

How Many Sex Partners Does It Take to Be Happy?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in Insight Therapy
When it comes to sex, most people will agree that the partnered version is better than the solitary one. But how many partners?

The Real Reason Why Climbing Stairs Leaves You Breathless

Even if you're in good shape, you probably get winded by quickly running up a flight of stairs. Why? Because your brain tells your body to stop breathing.