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Evolutionary Developmental Psychology

CITATION:  Geary, DC  and Bjorklundoh, K. B. (2000). Evolutionary Developmental Psychology.  Child Development, Volume 71, Number 1, Pages 57–65.

ABSTRACT:  Evolutionary developmental psychology is the study of the genetic and ecological mechanisms that govern the development of social and cognitive competencies common to all human beings and the epigenetic (gene– environment interactions) processes that adapt these competencies to local conditions. The basic assumptions and domains of this emerging field, as related to human life history and social and cognitive development, are outlined, as are implications for issues of importance in contemporary society.


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