Evolutionary psychology -- towards a more integrative model

Biology and Philosophy 20 (2-3):305-328 (2005)
Abstract
Aspects of the history of behavioural science are reviewed, pointing to its fragmented and faction-ridden nature. The emergence of evolutionary psychology (EP) is viewed in this context. With the help of a dual-layered model of behavioural control, the case is made for a more integrative perspective towards EP. The model's application to both behaviour and complex human information processing is described. Similarities in their control are noted. It is suggested that one layer of control (‘on-line’) corresponds to the encapsulated modules of EP whereas the off-line controls provide the plasticity and flexibility suggested by its critics
Keywords Cognition  Development  Ethology  Evolutionary Psychology  Habit  Model  Reflex  Science
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