PSYC 309J - Evolutionary Psychology

This course examines the major areas of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. We will, for example, look at sensory systems, emotions, interpersonal relationships, and mental disorders and ask question such as the following: Why did these particular attributes of human nature evolve? Why do all people in all cultures share similar sensory experiences, emotions, and developmental stages? Specific topics of study: Evolutionary psychology (EP) vs. the standard social science model; evolution by natural selection; the genetic basis for evolution; major topic areas of psychology from an evolutionary perspective, including sensation and perception, consciousness, motivation and emotion, cognition, learning, individual differences (intelligence and personality), health, abnormal psychology, the psychology of human mating, families and development, social behavior, and culture. Prerequisite: PSYC 111
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