Sociology Index


Social Psychology

Evolutionary psychology is a relatively new paradigm for understanding human social behavior which argues that attributes such as altruism, protection of children, coyness in females, or pair-bonding, have a genetic basis. Discussion of social institutions is incomplete without a grounding in evolutionary psychology.

What is evolutionary psychology? Darwinian evolutionary psychology principles in understanding of human behavior provides insights into human kinship structures, family formation and domestic violence. Evolutionary psychology has experienced a controversial growth in popularity and influence.