Synthesis in the human evolutionary behavioural sciences

Sear, Rebecca and Lawson, David W. and Dickins, Thomas E. (2007) Synthesis in the human evolutionary behavioural sciences. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology . pp. 1-4.

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Abstract

Over the last three decades, the application of evolutionary theory to the human sciences has shown remarkable growth. This growth has also been characterised by a ?splitting? process, with the emergence of distinct sub-disciplines, most notably: Human Behavioural Ecology (HBE), Evolutionary Psychology (EP) and studies of Cultural Evolution (CE). Multiple applications of evolutionary ideas to the human sciences are undoubtedly a good thing, demonstrating the usefulness of this approach to human affairs. However, this fracture has been associated with considerable tension, a lack of integration, and sometimes outright conflict between researchers. In recent years however, there have been clear signs of hope that a synthesis of the human evolutionary behavioural sciences is underway. Here, we briefly review the history of the debate, both its theoretical and practical causes; then provide evidence that the field is currently becoming more integrated, as the traditional boundaries between sub-disciplines become blurred. This article constitutes the first paper under the new editorship of the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, which aims to further this integration by explicitly providing a forum for integrated work.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Sear, R. et al (2007) Synthesis in the human evolutionary behavioural sciences. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 5 (1-4) 3-28.
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Behavioural Biology group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 9455
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Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2013 16:18
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2018 17:14
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/9455

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