Individual differences as the output of evolved calibration mechanisms: does the theory make sense in view of empirical observations?

Zietsch, Brendan P. (2016) Individual differences as the output of evolved calibration mechanisms: does the theory make sense in view of empirical observations?. Current Opinion in Psychology, 7 71-75. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.08.014


Author Zietsch, Brendan P.
Title Individual differences as the output of evolved calibration mechanisms: does the theory make sense in view of empirical observations?
Journal name Current Opinion in Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2352-250X
2352-2518
Publication date 2016-02-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.08.014
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 7
Start page 71
End page 75
Total pages 5
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Evolutionary psychologists have traditionally focussed on understanding the evolutionary basis of species-typical or sex-typical behavioural features. Recently, though, the differences between individuals have received increasing attention. A major class of evolutionary explanations of individual differences views them as the output of specialised species-typical calibration mechanisms that evolved to optimise the level of a trait to relevant contextual factors, which may be other characteristics of the individual or aspects of their environment. In this article I describe recent evidence that casts doubt on evolved calibration hypotheses of two particular traits — facial masculinity preference and the personality dimension extraversion. I then question whether evolved calibration mechanisms fit with what we know about the genetic and environmental causes of complex behavioural variation in general.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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