Origins of the Social Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and by Bruce J. Ellis PhD, David F. Bjorklund PhD

By Bruce J. Ellis PhD, David F. Bjorklund PhD

Beforehand, evolutionary psychologists have targeted mostly on realizing grownup habit, giving little sustained realization to adolescence. Developmental psychologists, for his or her half, were cautious of the perceived genetic determinism of evolutionary considering. this significant quantity brings jointly an array of admired developmental scientists whose paintings is explicitly pushed by means of evolutionary issues. providing refined new types for knowing gene-environment interactions, the authors exhibit how evolutionary wisdom can increase our realizing of key facets of cognitive, social, and character improvement. Tightly edited chapters research how assorted developmental mechanisms have developed and what function they play in kid's functioning and their edition to grownup lifestyles. crucial themes coated contain parent-child relationships, aggression, puberty, toddler notion and cognition, reminiscence, language, and extra.

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THE FORAGING “PRACTICE” MODEL Human childhood has traditionally been viewed as a period of edification: “Immatures are enabled to live a protected existence whilst they learn skills necessary for adult life” (Bowlby, 1969, p. 63). The primary question has been: What information is so important and difficult to acquire that many years are needed for its mastery? , Symons, 1978; Pellegrini & Archer, Chapter 9, this volume). Compared with other primates, our motor skills do not appear especially challenging; a terrestrial environment seems more easily mastered than an arboreal one.

EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN FAMILY AS A NEST FOR THE CHILD’S SOCIAL MIND The human family is extraordinary and unique in many respects (Alexander, 1989, 2004; Geary & Flinn, 2001; Lancaster & Lancaster, 1983). Humans are the only species to live in multimale groups with complex coalitions and extensive paternal care. Humans have concealed ovulation, altricial infants, lengthy child development, female orgasm, and menopause. These traits may be causally linked and provide important clues toward reconstructing the evolution of our (human) unusual life history.

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