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The psychological foundations of culture.
One of the strengths of scientific inquiry is that it can progress with any mixture of empiricism, intuition, and formal theory that suits the convenience of the investigator. Many sciences develop… Expand
The Adapted mind : evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture
Although researchers have long been aware that the species-typical architecture of the human mind is the product of our evolutionary history, it has only been in the last three decades that advances… Expand
Cognitive adaptations for social exchange.
The human mind is the most complex natural phenomenon humans have yet encountered, and Darwin's gift to those who wish to understand it is a knowledge of the process that created it and gave it its… Expand
Are humans good intuitive statisticians after all? Rethinking some conclusions from the literature on judgment under uncertainty
Abstract Professional probabilists have long argued over what probability means, with, for example, Bayesians arguing that probabilities refer to subjective degrees of confidence and frequentists… Expand
The past explains the present: Emotional adaptations and the structure of ancestral environments
Abstract Present conditions and selection pressures are irrelevant to the present design of organisms and do not explain how or why organisms behave adaptively, when they do. To whatever non-chance… Expand
Human adaptations for the visual assessment of strength and fighting ability from the body and face
- Aaron Sell, L. Cosmides, J. Tooby, Daniel Sznycer, Christopher R. von Rueden, M. Gurven
- Psychology, Medicine
- Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 7 February 2009
Selection in species with aggressive social interactions favours the evolution of cognitive mechanisms for assessing physical formidability (fighting ability or resource-holding potential). The… Expand
On the universality of human nature and the uniqueness of the individual: the role of genetics and adaptation.
The concept of a universal human nature, based on a species-typical collection of complex psychological adaptations, is defended as valid, despite the existence of substantial genetic variation that… Expand
Formidability and the logic of human anger
- Aaron Sell, J. Tooby, L. Cosmides
- Psychology, Medicine
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 1 September 2009
Eleven predictions derived from the recalibrational theory of anger were tested. This theory proposes that anger is produced by a neurocognitive program engineered by natural selection to use… Expand
Evolutionary psychology and the emotions
Evolutionary psychology is an approach to the psychological sciences in which principles and results drawn from evolutionary biology, cognitive science, anthropology, and neuroscience are integrated… Expand
The architecture of human kin detection
Evolved mechanisms for assessing genetic relatedness have been found in many species, but their existence in humans has been a matter of controversy. Here we report three converging lines of… Expand