Evolutionary Developmental Psychology

Karin Machluf, David F. Bjorklund

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Evolutionary developmental psychology posits that natural selection operates across the lifespan and focuses on how psychological mechanisms develop. The basic tenets of evolutionary developmental psychology are outlined, along with detailed discussion of ontogenetic, deferred, and conditional adaptations. These are then applied to mental health, where the mental health model is pitted against the evolutionary developmental perspective of mental health. Lastly, adolescent risk-taking behaviors are examined from an evolutionary-informed perspective using life history theory to explore the influence of environmental harshness and unpredictability in early childhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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