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Evolutionary psychology: new perspectives on cognition and motivation.
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PMID:  23282055     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Evolutionary psychology is the second wave of the cognitive revolution. The first wave focused on computational processes that generate knowledge about the world: perception, attention, categorization, reasoning, learning, and memory. The second wave views the brain as composed of evolved computational systems, engineered by natural selection to use information to adaptively regulate physiology and behavior. This shift in focus-from knowledge acquisition to the adaptive regulation of behavior-provides new ways of thinking about every topic in psychology. It suggests a mind populated by a large number of adaptive specializations, each equipped with content-rich representations, concepts, inference systems, and regulatory variables, which are functionally organized to solve the complex problems of survival and reproduction encountered by the ancestral hunter-gatherers from whom we are descended. We present recent empirical examples that illustrate how this approach has been used to discover new features of attention, categorization, reasoning, learning, emotion, and motivation.
Leda Cosmides; John Tooby
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of psychology     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1545-2085     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu Rev Psychol     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-01-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372374     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Psychol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  201-29     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Center for Evolutionary Psychology and.
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