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This learning pathway will explore the exciting and controversial world of evolutionary psychology. This subdiscipline of psychology looks at how our shared evolutionary history has shaped our behaviors and mental processes, and makes some bold claims regarding human behavior.

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Pathway Learning Outcomes

By the end of this learning pathway you should be able to:

  • Summarize the field of evolutionary psychology and describe the major criticisms.
  • Compare and contrast physiological and psychological adaptations, survival and reproductive adaptations.
  • Describe some of the theories from evolutionary psychology, including sexual selection theory, gene selection theory, and sexual selection strategies.
  • Identify the core premises of error management theory and provide empirical examples of adaptive cognitive biases that the theory explains.