Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality
Lecture DescriptionThis lecture introduces students to the study of psychology from an evolutionary perspective, the idea that like the body, natural selection has shaped the development of the human mind. Prominent arguments for and against the theory of natural selection and its relationship to human psychology are reviewed. Students will hear several examples of how studying mental phenomenon from an evolutionary perspective can help constrain theories in psychology as well as explain many prevalent human instincts that underlie many of our most basic behaviors and decisions.
Introduction – Foundations: This Is Your Brain – Foundations: Freud – Foundations: Skinner – What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought – How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth – Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language – Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past – Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Love – Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality – Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions – Why Are People Different?: Differences – What Motivates Us: Sex – A Person in the World of People: Morality – A Person in the World of People: Self and Other – What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness – The Good Life: Happiness