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 cognitive abilities, emotions, and preferences are specifically adapted for solving problems of survival and reproduction in the Paleolithic environment in which humanity evolved. It derives testable predictions from this assumption, including the conditions that support human well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research
EditorsFilomena Maggino
Place of PublicationCham.
EditionLiving Edition
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-69909-7
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • evolutionary psychology
  • Quality of Life
  • Happiness

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