Human Evolutionary Psychology

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This Human Evolutionary Psychology Study guide covers 8 topics in depth. These include Applying Evolutionary Principles to Behaviour, Brain Size and Intelligence, Direct Benefits of Mate Choice and more, with multiple subtopics inside each of the main topic areas (see full list of topics below). It has been tailored to cater for Psychology students of all levels, from any University and has been specifically designed to improve both, the direction of your coursework research and the efficiency of your exam revision.

  • Applying Evolutionary Principles to Behaviour
    • Evolutionary biology and evolutionary approaches to human behaviour
    • What is evolution?
    • Recombination in meiosis
    • Selection
    • Group selection
    • Modularity
  • Brain Size and Intelligence
    • Hominid Lineage
    • Why was it so Good to have these Larger Brains if the Costs are so High?
    • Social Brain Hypothesis
    • Outside the Neocortex
    • Language vs. Communication
    • What can Humans do that Other Species can’t?
    • What is symbolic thought? Why might we have it?
    • Sexual Selection Arguments around Brain Size and Language
  • Direct Benefits in Mate Choice
    • Mating
    • Why do we care so much about beauty?
    • Why bother being choosy?
    • Mutual mate choice
    • Resource holding potential
    • Issue of fertility
    • Overgeneralisation Hypothesis
    • Sexual Strategies Theory
  • Indirect Benefits of Mate Choice
    • Handicap principle
    • The Good Genes Hypothesis
    • The Sexy Sons Hypothesis
    • Good Genes Vs. Sexy Sons
    • Symmetry
    • Study of Masculinity in Mate Choice
    • Voice Pitch
    • Hand Grip Strength
  • Evolutionary Psychopathology
    • What is Evolutionary Psychopathology?
    • Modularity
    • Why do Psychopathologies Persist?
    • The Mismatch Hypothesis
    • The Adaptive Persistence Hypothesis
    • Schizophrenia
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Depression
  • Parental Investment
    • Direct care
    • Resource investment
    • When do we see facultative paternal investment?
    • What estimates can males use as a measure of paternity certainty?
    • Primates
    • How easy is it for men to desert?
    • Does Bateman’s principle apply to humans?
    • Does paternal investment in humans increase offspring survival?
    • What’s the psychological underpinnings of paternal investment?
    • Step parents
  • The Evolution of Human Culture
    • What is Culture?
    • Issue of Information or Norms
    • Is Culture Unique to Humans?
    • Stimulus enhancement
    • Emulation
    • Imitation
    • Why would Social Learning be a Good Idea?
    • Which forms of learning were most successful?
    • What is it that we Culturally Transmit?
    • Dual-Inheritance Model
    • Extended phenotype models
    • Niche construction theory
  • Variation and Life History
    • How do we explain variation in a desire to have children?
    • What is Life History Theory?
    • Why do we have this variation between these parameters?
    • Frequency dependant selection
    • Facultative variation
    • Developmental plasticity
    • Human development
    • Boothroyd et al. (2013)
    • Prairie voles
    • Childhood Adversity and Reproductive Timing

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