Book Chapter

Applying evolutionary psychology



Roberts SC (2012) Applying evolutionary psychology. In: Roberts S (ed.) Applied Evolutionary Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-4.

The chapter highlights the growing influence of evolutionary perspectives on psychology and social studies in general. It distinguishes the approaches of mainstream and evolutionary psychology based on proximate and ultimate levels of explanation for human behaviour. It is argued that ultimate (or functional) perspectives on behaviour contribute unique and important insights into human behaviour that are missed by standard social science approaches. Similarly to how the new discipline of evolutionary medicine is providing new ways of looking at health and disease, an applied evolutionary psychology may become increasingly influential in the development of more comprehensive understanding of human behaviour and contemporary issues.

applied evolutionary psychology; proximate explanation; ultimate explanation; human behaviour; evolutionary medicine

Publication date31/12/2012
PublisherOxford University Press
Publisher URL…073-chapter-0001
Place of publicationOxford

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Professor Craig Roberts

Professor Craig Roberts

Professor of Social Psychology, Psychology