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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYA02H3
Professor
Steve Joordens
Semester
Winter

Description
PSYA02 Cultural Evolution and Lifestyle A culture’s adaptive change to recurrent (ever changing) environmental pressures…becoming civilized? Cultural evolution shapes lifestyle, the aggregate behaviour of a person…the way the person chooses to live their life Lifestyle has changed significantly…”civilization” enhances standards of living, but also introduces new challenges and dangers - We have evolved based on old principles Lifestyles and Animal Research Evolutionary pressures are most relevant in the time frame up to ages of sexual reproduction… much less relevant when people are older Unhealthy lifestyles typically have their effects later in life…when people are old Hence unhealthy lifestyles are not selected against Implications for animal research, and issues of indoctrination - Most of this happens in reproductive time, and it does not take effect until later age Nutrition - Our ancestors lived mostly on fruits, vegetables, nuts and some lean…low fat, high fibre - Over the last 150 years, the food we eat is higher fat, low
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