In the distant future I see open fields for far
more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation,
that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by
—Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, 1859.
Evolutionary Psychology investigates the adaptive
function of human cognition, emotion, and behavior. The approach is unified by evolutionary theory, equipping psychologists to
describe the human mind in a way that is consistent with revelations in biology, ecology, and genetics. Shaped by
natural selection, the brain has explicit functions as an organ of the animal body, it consists of modules specialized at solving challenges that recur in the ancestral environment. In understanding the cooperation and
contradiction of these neural systems, evolutionary psychologists seek to better describe the design of the animal mind. For more information on the field, see the Resources tab.
This is the academic site for Austin John Jeffery, PhD student in Psychology at Oakland University