Evolutionary Psychology

Although deaths due to car accidents are more common than deaths due to snake bites, people tend to be more afraid of snakes than cars. Have you ever wondered why? This course will explore such issues and many more by drawing from an evolutionary theoretical lens, which suggests that adaptive problems faced across human evolutionary history have not only shaped human physical traits, but have also shaped human psychology. Evolutionary Psychology incorporates perspectives from psychology, behavioral ecology, biology, neuroscience, and anthropology to gain a better understanding of human behavior. Knowledge gained from this approach has extensive implications for a variety of fields, ranging from medicine to economics. Here, students will develop a strong foundation in the growing field of Evolutionary Psychology, learn about empirical research in this area, and be encouraged to apply their knowledge to real-world phenomenon.