Evolutionary Psychology Essential Reads

The Science of Religion for Everyone

Why insist that religion is immune from scientific study when cognitive and evolutionary theories have already made great strides in explaining a wide array of religious phenomena?

Helping Your Neighbor

We often help others with expectations of help in return at a future point. Turns out, this is a basic feature of what it means to be human.

Disorganized Attachment: Fears That Go Unanswered

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Me in We
How disorganized attachment in infancy impacts emotional and social development.

The Brain's Fixation on the Short Term Is Hurting Politics

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on April 11, 2017 in Supersurvivors
When the Senate used the nuclear option, changing how it confirms Supreme Court nominees, some who voted for it said it was a bad idea. A cognitive bias explains why they did it.

Are Humans Adapted to Modern Environments?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 11, 2017 in The Human Beast
Our two main theories of human behavior do a poor job of explaining how humans change to meet the demands of varied environments – but we do.

Why Do We Stay Single?

Humans, like other animals, have evolved to spread our genes. Which begs the question: why does anyone stay single?

Psychological Consequences of Having Tree-Dwelling Ancestors

Renowned evolutionist Gordon Gallup has extensively studied the psychological correlates of handgrip strength. To understand why, we need to look to our arboreal past.

What Is the Importance of Nonverbal Communications?

By Joe Navarro M.A. on April 05, 2017 in Spycatcher
Why study nonverbals? Because as you will see, they matter more than we think.

Your Brain on Text

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 04, 2017 in The Human Beast
Athletes look different from non athletes. Similarly, the brains of literate people are different from those who do not read.

Why Do We Exist?

Why do humans exist? Because of evolution. And this is a beautiful thing.

Who Was Psychology's First True Genius?

The first great experimental psychologist did not define himself as a psychologist. But his brilliant ideas and findings remain important in psychology to this day.

5 BIG Ideas on Who We Are

To truly understand what it means to be human, an understanding of evolution is essential. Here are five eye-opening reasons why.

Interpersonal Attraction

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in A Sideways View
What has evolutionary science to say about physical attractiveness?

Want to Build a Dog From A Fox? Here's How To Do It.

Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails that are as friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs—they are foxes.
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Self-Deception Helps Us Accomplish Goals

By Tim Cole Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Intimate Portrait
More often than not, we lead with our goals and desires, not the facts. New research on how our ability to delude ourselves can be quite useful.

Moral Incentives for Dummies

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
What is basic morality and what incentive system does best to promote it?
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Technology's Battle for IQ, EQ, or Something Very Different

By John Nosta on March 14, 2017 in The Digital Self
Enough with IQ and EQ. Technology is demanding its own score.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding...for Mothers

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in How We Do It
Breast-feeding benefits mothers, not just babies. It speeds recovery of the womb after birth. Later in life, risks of heart disease and breast and ovarian cancer are reduced.

25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dogs

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Animals and Us
Why dogs should not drive cars and other findings from the hot new field of canine science.

We're Wired to Take the Path of Least Resistance

By Caroline Beaton on March 11, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
A recently-published study discovered something we knew but denied: we're wired to take the path of least resistance.
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Why Does Autism Still Exist?

By Barb Cohen on March 07, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Some gene variants associated with autism are also significantly associated with high intelligence. “Smart” genes are advantageous from an evolutionary standpoint, so they persist.

Revenge Really Is Sweet

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 06, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Revenge is sweet, but causes problems in the long run. Why do we so often turn to retaliation to feel better when it doesn't usually work out to mutual advantage?

Disaster at Middlebury College

Middlebury College joins the list of academic institutions that are shouting down conservative voices. Along the way, the liberals are simply handing free speech to conservatives.

Five Ways that Evolutionary Psychology Informs Medicine

The field of evolutionary medicine is changing our understanding of best practices in healthcare at a breakneck pace. Evolutionary psychology is helping lead the way. Here's how.

To Understand Everything, Understand Evolution

To understand psychology, culture, and maybe even the universe, we need to understand evolution.

The Three Basics of Friendship

By Lydia Denworth on March 03, 2017 in Brain Waves
Recognizing your true friends can be surprisingly simple. There are some fundamental elements that every close bond shares.

New Insights Into Paranoia

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in The Me in We
Research reveals that paranoia is a process rather than character trait, one that operates across various mental disorders.

“The End Is Nigh,” Want to Know Why?

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Caveman Politics
We’re a month into a new presidency, and the partisan rhetoric is blazing hot. Why do we put up with this?

The Gender Revolution Is Here

The take-down of black-and-white thinking about what it means to be a human being and liberates us all.

Why Progressive Humanist Values Will Ultimately Prevail

Increasing geopolitical instability may threaten progressive, Humanist values in the short-term. But here's why I'm optimistic that these values will ultimately prevail.