Evolutionary Psychology

Primed For Ripeness

There was a time when the world was full of women named Daisy and Iris and Lily and Rose. Naming daughters after nature’s blooms was considered a high compliment, a celebration of feminine beauty. Flowery names aren’t in fashion so much these days, but the tradition of linking blossoms and More

Planet of the … Dogs?

If you are a sci-fi fan, you know that Earth’s future is pretty bleak. Forget global warming. The true doom of our species bides its time in our zoos and research facilities, plotting our downfall under our very noses. Yes, in a mere few thousand years, an evolutionary eyeblink, the More

Man’s Best Friend Lends Insight into Human Evolution

Flexibly drawing inferences about the intentions of other individuals in order to cooperate in complex tasks is a basic part of everyday life that we humans take for granted. But, according to evolutionary psychologist Brian Hare at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, this ability is present in other species More

Romance, Schmomance: Natural Selection Continues Even After Sex

Some breaking news, just in time for Valentine’s Day:  Researchers have identified something called “sperm competition” that they think has evolved to ensure a genetic future.  In sexual reproduction, natural selection is generally thought of as something that happens prior to – and in fact leads to — the Big More

Why Bowlers Smile

In March 1980, Senator William Proxmire (D-Wisc) awarded the National Institute for Mental Health a Golden Fleece Award for funding research on why bowlers, hockey fans, and pedestrians smile. According to the press release accompanying the announcement, the Senator wasn’t bowled over by the research, puckish though it might have More