EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium
Volume 5, Issue 1, 2013
Misunderstandings in applying evolution to human mind and behavior and its causes: A systematic review
Marco Antonio Corrêa Varella, Isabella Bertelli Cabral dos Santos, José Henrique Benedetti Piccoli Ferreira, & Vera Silvia Raad Bussab
In spite of the increasing influence and acceptance of the evolutionary approach in psychology, misunderstandings continue to occur and a systematized approach to cope with its diversity and causes is needed. We have analyzed content of evolutionary psychological literature published from 1992 to 2011, in which misunderstandings were explicitly mentioned. We identified 22 different misunderstandings, which we categorized into 3 dimensions (individual, social and evolutionary), and we identified 6 types of attributed causes. By discussing definitions and inter-relations of the identified misunderstandings, we hope to contribute to a more precise approach to teaching and scientific communication. The first step in overcoming misconceptions and decreasing the barriers between areas of knowledge is to comprehend their diversity and their causes. Advices on how to better address and combat misunderstandings in the classroom are given
How to cite this article:
Varella, M. A. C., dos Santos, I. B. C., Ferreira, J. H. B. P., & Bussab, V. S. R. (2013). Misunderstandings in applying evolution to human mind and behavior and its causes: A systematic review. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 5(1), 81-107.