Evolutionary Psychology Essential Reads

Intelligent Men More Likely to Marry and Stay Married

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Intelligent men are more likely to be married. But is this because a smart man is more alluring or because brainboxes happen to possess other desirable qualities?

Why Be Tolerant? Lessons From Bonobos

By Lydia Denworth on November 10, 2017 in Brain Waves
Humans aren't the only species willing to help strangers for no benefit. Bonobos, one of our closest relatives, do it, too.

The Lead With Kindness Experiment

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
Want to learn how to make mean people your great teachers? Sometimes big life lessons come from unlikely places and give us healthier ways to be in the world.

Practice, Hard Work, And Giving Up

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in Pop Psych
When it is is good to give up

The "Deep State" Warns Us About Shallow Thinking

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Good politicians make the complex simple but good leaders make the complex important.

How Biology Affects Self-Perception

By T. Joel Wade Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in The Mate Market
Evolutionary psychology explains why women’s self-esteem is based more on physical attractiveness, while men’s self-esteem is based more on relative status.

Humans and Wine: A Seven Thousand Year Love Affair

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Beastly Behavior
There's more to wine than bouquets and finishes. Wine may be the badge of civilization and it is an excellent summary of science.

26 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Our Love for Pets

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Animals and Us
This controversial new book examines the psychology and evolution of our love for animals. (And it explains why you should probably not get a pug if you are looking for a pet.)

High Self-Esteem: Good or Bad?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in The Human Beast
Americans have high self-esteem and young people feel particularly good about themselves. Is this beneficial for health and well-being?

Finding a Partner You Love, and Loving the Partner You Find

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Do we end up with a partner who matches our ideal? Or do we shift our ideal to match the partner we’re with?

8 Great Books on the Evolved Psychology of Sex and Passion

By Kevin Bennett on October 22, 2017 in Modern Minds
Every intensely emotional thing you do is inked to an adaptive problem and solution. These books will open doors.

The Role of Creepy Characters in Popular Culture

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
Watching disturbing people onscreen in the safety of a movie theater or in our living room may provide an opportunity for learning vicariously from the mistakes of others.

Very Young Male Syndrome

Perceiving life as short has many outcomes associated with it. Being male and having gotten stitches at some point are among them. Evolutionary psychology tells us why.

Mass Killings: An Evolutionary Perspective

By Robert J King Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Hive Mind
What insights does evolutionary psychology offer about mass killings? Some; but we are still a long way from complete understanding.

Your Neanderthal Quotient and Your Personality

Thought the Neanderthals were extinct? Think again. Their DNA is likely alive in all the cells of your body. What’s more? This heritage may affect how you act each day.

We Are Programmed for Gluttony and Weight Gain

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Beastly Behavior
The key to understanding our struggles with healthy weight management lies in our evolutionary past.

Why Would Anyone Run For Office? It’s In Their Genes?

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on October 01, 2017 in Caveman Politics
For the life of me I’ve never understood why someone would want to run for office. This may help explain it.

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.

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.

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.

4 Reasons Why We Forget People's Names

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?

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.

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.

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.