By Bruce J. Ellis PhD, David F. Bjorklund PhD

Formerly, evolutionary psychologists have concentrated mostly on figuring out grownup habit, giving little sustained consciousness to adolescence. Developmental psychologists, for his or her half, were cautious of the perceived genetic determinism of evolutionary pondering. this significant quantity brings jointly an array of well-known developmental scientists whose paintings is explicitly pushed by means of evolutionary matters. offering subtle new types for realizing gene-environment interactions, the authors exhibit how evolutionary wisdom can increase our figuring out of key facets of cognitive, social, and character improvement. Tightly edited chapters learn how varied developmental mechanisms have developed and what position they play in kid's functioning and their version to grownup existence. crucial issues lined contain parent-child relationships, aggression, puberty, baby belief and cognition, reminiscence, language, and extra.

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Biology’ cannot be segregated off into some traits and not others . . It is this developmentally relevant environment—the environment as interacted with by the organism—that, in a meaningful sense, can be said to be the product of evolution, evolving in tandem with the organism’s organized response to it. (pp. 83, 84) Although we cannot speak for all evolutionary psychologists who study development, we believe that the central components of the developmental systems approach and mainstream evolutionary psychology are not hopelessly incompatible.

Bjorklund, D. , Yunger, J. , & Pellegrini, A. D. (2002). The evolution of parenting and evolutionary approaches to childrearing. In M. ), Vol. 1. The biology of parenting (pp. 3–30). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. Bonner, J. T. (1988). The evolution of complexity by means of natural selection. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Boyce, W. , & Ellis, B. J. (in press). Biological sensitivity to context: I. An evolutionary–developmental theory of the origins and functions of stress reactivity. Development and Psychopathology.

Vol. 1. The biology of parenting (pp. 3–30). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. Bonner, J. T. (1988). The evolution of complexity by means of natural selection. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Boyce, W. , & Ellis, B. J. (in press). Biological sensitivity to context: I. An evolutionary–developmental theory of the origins and functions of stress reactivity. Development and Psychopathology. Bugental, D. B. (2000). Acquisition of the algorithms of social life: A domain-based approach. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 187–219.

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