Description: Evolutionary psychology is the scientific study of human nature. It is based on our understanding of the psychological adaptations that our ancestors evolved in prehistory to cope with the challenges of survival and reproduction. It is a new science that arose around 1990 and that has led to new research on human sexuality, aggression, status, parenting, family life, group cooperation, emotions, and other topics that had been largely fallen to the wayside in mainstream psychology. Evolutionary psychology offers a coherent framework for unifying the diverse areas of contemporary psychology research. Letter grade only.
Sections offered: Fall 2021 Spring 2022
Prerequisite: PSY 290 or PSY 302W