Evolutionary Psychology

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Evolutionary psychology (EP) is an approach to the study of the mind that is founded on Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. It assumes that our mental abilities, emotions and preferences are adapted specifically for solving problems of survival and reproduction in humanity's ancestral environment, and derives testable predictions from this assumption.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Quality of Life Research
EditorsA. C. Michalos
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-0753-5
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-0752-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

A. C. Michalos


  • evolution
  • psychology

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