• Uses and Abuses of Evolutionary Psychology

Department of Psychology Colloquium/Seminar Series presents a lecture on evolutionary psychology

Uses and Abuses of Evolutionary Psychology

Nora Newcombe, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Temple University

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Sargent Hall, Room 285
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02114


This seminar will present an overview of evolutionary psychology, the current uses of evolutionary psychology, and the problems with current approaches and possible alternatives. Evolutionary psychology has become a dominant approach to explaining a great deal of human behavior. While the approach has proved useful in understanding and predicting behaviors in many areas, Dr. Newcombe argues that it has also been abused. Dr. Newcombe will analyze the evolutionary psychology approach to sex differences and the "massive modularity" hypothesis that cognitive processing is the result of innate domain-specific modules for the mental tasks people perform.

Nora S. Newcombe, Ph.D., Psychology Professor and the James H. Glackin Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the psychology department at Temple University, has served as Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General and Associate Editor of Psychological Bulletin. She also serves on the Human Cognition and Perception Panel at the National Science Foundation and numerous editorial boards. Dr. Newcombe has a national reputation for her work in spatial cognition and memory and also for her scholarly contributions to the field of cognitive development.

For additional information on the Colloquium Series or Continuing Education Credits, call (617) 305-6361


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