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PSYB30 – PersonalityLecture 03 Mon, Jan 19/11
Human Evolution
PART I: The Structure of Evolutionary Theory
The Evolutionary Process
Products of the Evolutionary Process
Personality as a Product of Evolutionary Process
PART II: The Attachment System
The Attachment System
Individual Differences in Attachment
Romantic Love as an Attachment Process
PART III: The Rank System
The Rank System
Strategies in Daily Interaction
The Adaptive Function of Depression
PART I: The Structure of Evolutionary Theory
Evolutionary Theory traces itself back to the work of Charles Darwin
Darwin was born in England, 1809
He was 50 when Origin of Species was published
The Evolutionary Process
3 Basic Elements to the Evolutionary Process: Variance, Inheritance, Selection
Variation: The idea that we differ in our design features
Organisms differ in their design features. We all come into the world differently physically
and psychologically
Inheritance: Some design features are heritable
We will pass on some genetic features we possess onto our children
Ex: Our height, or hairline
Not all design features are heritable
Ex: a scar obtained at the age of 12 won't be passed down. It has no genetic basis
Selection: The idea that design features, to a certain extent, can influence our capacities to
survive and reproduce
If the design feature in question is heritable (if it can be passed on) and it contributes to our
survival and reproductive success, then that trait will appear with increasing frequency
across generations
Those traits that are heritable, and that positively impact survival and reproduction get
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