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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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.
Divisions: Schools > Psychology, School of
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2010 15:53
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