Evolutionary Psychology Essential Reads

How Do People View Men With Tattoos?

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on December 08, 2016 in Head Games
A forthcoming study reveals our altered perceptions of tattooed men.

Do You Have the "Right" Amount of Ex-Partners?

By Ryan Anderson on December 08, 2016 in The Mating Game
A recent study has found some surprising results regarding an individual's sexual history. Neither men nor women want with either too much or too little sexual experience.

Don’t Be a Drone, Get Up and Roam!

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in Happy Trails
One easy change can make your work life more enjoyable and productive and might even make you healthier.

Receptors and Personality

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in The Human Beast
Most personality traits are highly heritable. Still, there is a great deal of doubt about whether complex human behavior can be genetically determined.

What is Psychology’s Single Most Brilliant Discovery?

What is the most profoundly important thing we've learned from 150 years of scientific psychology? Here is one nomination.

How Parents Raise Children to Fit In

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in The Human Beast
There is a lot of skepticism about whether parents truly affect their children. Comparing kids in different societies finds links between parenting and outcomes.

Where Does Our Moral Sense Come From?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Talking Apes
Our intuitive morality may have been shaped not by the day-to-day dilemmas we face but rather by the opinions of others.

Modern Hunter-Gatherers Show We Evolved to Stay Active

By Christopher Bergland on November 29, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research on the lifestyle habits of a rare population of hunter-gatherers reaffirms the universal health benefits of staying physically active.

Darwin’s Parenting Tips

For many of us, parenting is our #1 priority and challenge. Here is some guidance on the process brought to you by good old evolutionary psychology.

Why Do Dogs Have Tails?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 24, 2016 in Canine Corner
The dog's tail is not simply a signal flag conveying his mood. It has some other important purposes.
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The Evolution of Humor: From Grunts to Poop Jokes

By Christopher A. Robert Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Humor at Work
The human capacity for humor distinguishes our species from others. Humor is the result of millions of years of evolution.

Prehistoric Languages… and Prehistoric Minds? Part II

The linguistic mind of our great, great [...] great grandparents

The New Evolutionary Socialism

Darwinian models applied to society need not be red in tooth and claw. Here is a plan for how an evolutionarily informed approach to society can help advance a socialist agenda.

The Psychology of Insults

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in The Human Beast
Having been through an election that was won on the basis of insults, it's time to study why we so often put others down.

What Is Voluntary Action?

What is will? Science is beginning to unravel this mystery.

Prehistoric Languages and Prehistoric Minds, Part 1

New research provides a deeper understanding of the languages of our great great great [...] grandparents.

Do We Interpret Dog and Human Emotions in the Same Way?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 17, 2016 in Canine Corner
Recent data answers the question of whether the brain processes emotional expressions of humans and dogs in the same way.

Did Hillary Clinton Fall Victim to the Queen Bee Effect?

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Naturally Selected
Why are women leaders not getting the top jobs in politics and business? The Queen Bee syndrome offers an explanation. Finding solutions is important for high potential women.

Beware the "All Trump Supporters Are Like That" Trap

The election is over, and it’s time to move forward. Here’s how.

"I Voted" Stickers: Are You A Good Group Member Too?

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on November 08, 2016 in Caveman Politics
I’ve always been fascinated with the “I Voted” stickers poll workers give people after they vote. Who takes and wears these things and who doesn't?

3 Strange Laws of Sexual Attraction

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on November 04, 2016 in Dating and Mating
Forget what you think you know about sexual attraction. We may not actually realize who we are attracted to or why we are attracted to them.

Vampires Are Real

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on October 31, 2016 in Cui Bono
While the formidable qualities of bad boys make them excellent protectors, these same qualities also make them potentially dangerous to women.

Did We Evolve to Be Monogamous?

Are long-lasting love and monogamy written in our genes? Yes and no. Science tells a strange story about love, but monogamy may be more advantageous than you think.

The Dark Side of Oxytocin

Normally thought of as purely positive in its effects, oxytocin is also implicated in religion, nationalism, and xenophobia.

Man's Fate

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 18, 2016 in Saving Normal
Easter Island tells us all we need to know about our greatness and our fallibility- and also about our prognosis as a species.

Stone-Aged Minds in Modern Voting Booths

Under ancestral conditions, large-scale politics did not exist. But small-scale politics, or the politics found in localized communities, have characterized our species for eons.

Why Your Mother-in-Law Doesn’t Like You

Feeling at odds with your in-laws? Find out the reasons behind their dislike and get some tips to ease this common conflict.
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Take Pride

By Jessica Tracy, Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Take Pride
What drives humans to work hard to achieve, discover, create, and innovate?

Why Clowns Creep Us Out

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Out of the Ooze
Clowns are mischievous and unpredictable, and are associated with serial killers in real life and in the movies. In other words, clowns are designed to creep us out.

Clinton vs. Trump: Talking to the Reptilian Brain

The debates seem to work for Trump. Why? The answer lies in the reptilian brain. His messages stick because they paint images that trigger emotion and instinct.