Evolúciós pszichológia újratöltve: Magyarázatok, cáfolatok, perspektívák

Translated title of the contribution: Re-loading evolutionary psychology: Explanations, contradictions, perspectives

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Evolutionary psychology, in spite of its undeniable successes, could not get rid of basic meta-theoretical problems that loaded it since its emergence: demand for exclusiveness, lack of falsification, uncertainty of evolutionary environment. Evolutionary psychology has been going through a profound re-organization: instead of searching for adaptive patterns, it focuses on studying proximate mechanisms. I think, the way of preventing the production of speculations and increasing the validity of evolutionary approach is to intensively concentrate on the mediating mechanisms. The logic of adaptationism is perceived as a basis in our interpretations but not as an exclusive ultimate explanation. The recent results show that the predictions concerning the related physiological and psychological processes could be successfully tested with empirical data. Furthermore, evolutionary psychology has achieved a profound self-restraint, that is tended to get rid of its initial wish to explain everything and to give the „final” answer to each problem. Therefore, evolutionary psychology became a valuable and authentic member of the psychological sciences.

Original languageHungarian
Pages (from-to)669-683
Number of pages15
JournalMagyar Pszichologiai Szemle
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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