Comparative Evolutionary Psychology: A United Discipline for the Study of Evolved Traits [book]

Jennifer Vonk, Todd K. Shackelford
2012 Oxford Handbooks Online  
Several themes have emerged from the chapters in this volume. Some tensions exist between researchers seeking to answer questions concerning the adaptive purpose of human and nonhuman behaviors and capacities, and researchers seeking to shed light on the evolutionary forces giving rise to such traits. These tensions may be dissipated if several unnecessary dichotomies are avoided and researchers thereby embraced nonmutually exclusive stances to diff erent methodological and theoretical
more » ... heoretical approaches. We suggest that those studying humans and/or nonhumans-whether in the fi eld or in the lab, with large numbers of participants or with few, from a behaviorist or nativist standpoint, asking questions about structure or function, stressing continuity or discontinuity-focus less on absolutes and existing dogma, and more on openness and objectivity. We suggest that, if all researchers with similar goals unite under the single unifying framework of evolutionary theory, many more advances can be made and a more focused fi eld of study will emerge.
doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199738182.013.0029 fatcat:e2kxo7p5cbh5raih6377hypkue