Evolutionary Psychology, Meet Developmental Neurobiology: Against Promiscuous Modularity

@article{Buller2000EvolutionaryPM,
  title={Evolutionary Psychology, Meet Developmental Neurobiology: Against Promiscuous Modularity},
  author={David J. Buller and Valerie Gray Hardcastle},
  journal={Brain and Mind},
  year={2000},
  volume={1},
  pages={307-325}
}
Evolutionary psychologists claim that the mind contains “hundreds or thousands” of “genetically specified” modules, which are evolutionary adaptations for their cognitive functions. We argue that, while the adult human mind/brain typically contains a degree of modularization, its “modules” are neither genetically specified nor evolutionary adaptations. Rather, they result from the brain's developmental plasticity, which allows environmental task demands a large role in shaping the brain's… 

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