Applying evolutionary theory to individual differences: insights from moral psychology

Timothy Marsh, Simon Boag

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    Evolutionary theory and adaptation-based explanations in psychology have become increasingly common within the last 20 to 30 years, and researchers are beginning to utilise the evolutionary paradigm In the study of personality and individual differences This chapter examines several evolutionarily oriented personality trait studies to highlight apparent tendencies towards simple genetic determinism, and contrasts this method with the more developmentally sensitive approach pursued in some recent works in moral psychology Salient theoretical concerns addressed include the direct inheritance of behavioural predispositions, and the environmental and developmental calibration of universally inherited potentials The implications of these issues are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPersonality and individual differences
    Subtitle of host publicationcurrent directions
    EditorsRichard E Hicks
    Place of PublicationBowen Hills, Qld.
    PublisherAustralian Academic Press
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)9781921513664
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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