Evolutionary Psychology and Emotions: A Species-Typical Computational Design

Domenica Bruni

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/ths.2019.002


Abstract. Evolutionary psychology is a major naturalistic approach to knowledge. It begins from a fundamental observation: the human brain is the product of natural selection trying to solve adaptive problems faced by our hunter-gatherer ancestors. In this paper, I describe this approach and focus on the emotions, an important aspect of mental life. Emotions, I argue, are a superordinate program that evolved to coordinate the activity of other programs in the solution of typical adaptive problems.


evolutionary psychology; mind; emotions; natural selection; superordinate program; cognition

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