Psychological Barriers to Evolutionary Psychology: Ideological Bias and Coalitional Adaptations

  title={Psychological Barriers to Evolutionary Psychology: Ideological Bias and Coalitional Adaptations},
  author={D. Buss and W. von Hippel},
  journal={Archives of Scientific Psychology},
In this paper, we argue that four interlocking barriers stand in the way of research scientists who seek to understand human social psychology. The first barrier is the political ideology of most social psychologists, which is typically on the left (or liberal) side of the spectrum. The second barrier is a view of human nature common among people on the political left, which is that we are born without any predilections to behave in a particular manner. According to this view, our mind is a… Expand

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