The Evolutionary Psychology FAQ

Edward H. Hagen, Institute for Theoretical Biology, Berlin

Are evolutionary psychologists primarily interested in what makes humans different from other animals?

No. Imagine if physiologists were only interested in what made humans different from other animals. They would then only study bipedalism, hairlessness, and a few other traits. They would not study hearts, lungs, livers, bones, etc. Similarly, evolutionary psychologists are interested in the functional structure of human cognition whether or not we share this structure with other animals. Indeed, evolutionary psychologists have put considerable effort into studying the psychology of mating, parenting, and aggression--each of which is very important to the study of most other animals. Human mothering psychology probably shares numerous features with the mothering psychology of other primates and mammals, for example.

Copyright 1999-2002 Edward H. Hagen