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Introduction to Psychology II - Lecture 10

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Lecture 10 - Evolution and Rationality

Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality

This lecture introduces students to the study of psychology from an evolutionary perspective, the idea that like the body, natural selection has shaped the development of the human mind. Prominent arguments for and against the theory of natural selection and its relationship to human psychology are reviewed. Students will hear several examples of how studying mental phenomenon from an evolutionary perspective can help constrain theories in psychology as well as explain many prevalent human instincts that underlie many of our most basic behaviors and decisions.

Prof. Paul Bloom
PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology, Spring 2007
(Yale University: Open Yale)
http://oyc.yale.edu
Date accessed: 2009-01-19
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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