Evolutionary psychology: towards a more integrative model

Toates, Frederick (2005). Evolutionary psychology: towards a more integrative model. Biology and Philosophy, 20(2) pp. 305–328.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-004-0756-3


Aspects of the history of behavioural science are reviewed, pointing to its fragmented and faction-ridden nature. The emergence of evolutionary psychology 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 evolutionary psychology. 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 evolutionary psychology whereas the off-line controls provide the plasticity and flexibility suggested by its critics.

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