Overhead 1 taken from Internet site:
Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer |
Leda Cosmides & John Tooby Co-Directors
An evolutionary approach provides powerful lenses that correct for instinct blindness. It allows one to recognize what natural competences exist, it indicates that the mind is a heterogeneous collection of these competences....
Psychology is that branch of biology that studies
(2) how brains process information, and
(3) how the brain's information-processing programs generate behavior.
Once one realizes that psychology is a branch of biology,
inferential tools developed in biology -- its theories, principles,
and observations -- can be used to understand psychology. Here
are five basic principles -- all drawn from biology -- that
Evolutionary Psychologists apply in their attempts to understand
the design of the human mind. The Five Principles can be
applied to any topic in psychology. They organize observations
in a way that allows one to see connections between areas as
seemingly diverse as vision, reasoning, and sexuality.