In biology, the evolutionary approach is a over arching approach that allows people from
different psychology fields communicate and share ideas. If something happens in genetics, it
has implications in other disciplines such as anatomy, etc. Although is psychology, we don’t
have a shared paradigm; often our textbooks are very disjointed. What we do have in
psychology, are multiple theoretical approaches that are all used to evaluate the same
Evolutionary psychology is a relatively new principle that applies Darwinian theory to other
theoretical frameworks in the study of the mind and behavior.
Psychology as a science was born at about the same time that Darwin wrote the Origin of
Species. Psychology has been very aloof to Darwin’s work in particular.
It certainly has its origins in a branch of evolutionary history called, Ethology: a study of animals
in their natural habitat. Ethologists focus on what we call instincts. Achieved scientific prestige
in the early 70’s when their colleagues won Nobel prizes.
Evolutionary psychology has been strongly influenced by a field called Sociobiology. It uses new
ideas and new methods of studying animal’s social behavior. What was new in this field, was to