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Chapter 1 - Introduction

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY100H1
Professor
Michael Inzlicht
Semester
Winter

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Themes The Principles of Psychological Science are Cumulative Principles are established based on incremental advances in knowledge obtained through research. A New Biological Revolution is Energizing Research Neurochemistry The mapping of the human genome Imaging technologies watching the working brain The Mind is Adaptive Evolutionary theory the brain has evolved to solve adaptive problems. Natural selection those adaptations which help pass on genes are passed on What is considered adaptive changes if the environment changes Solving Adaptive Problems o Behaviours may be solutions to adaptive problems for individuals and groups o Discouraging lying and cheating is good for a group as it would drain resources for others o Ability to see, remember where food is, recognize dangers, and understand laws of physics are all useful for survival Modern Minds in Stone Age Skulls o Must understand challenges of ancestors to understand much of our behaviour o Evolved slowly over millions of years, but modern humans are only about 100,000 years old o Human brain adapted to meet needs of hunter-gatherers o Preference for fatty-sweet foods would have been adaptive, because they would have had substantial survival value as they are high in calories www.notesolution.com
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