Evolution and Genetics for Psychology
Volledige vakbeschrijvingThe goal of this course is to provide students with insight into genetics and the theory of evolution, and how to use this knowledge in order to explain psychological phenomena. Darwin's theory of evolution teaches us that the human psyche originated gradually. Genetics explains that selection of genetic variation in populations has been the driving force of this process. That is why knowledge of evolution and genetics is required in order to understand the evolution of the psyche. We will discuss the principles of transmission genetics (how traits are passed on from parent to child?), molecular genetics (how do genes affect the development of a trait?), and population genetics (how are traits selected in a population?). Based on these principles, we will examine the evolutionary explanations of the psyche. We will discuss the evolution of cooperation (inclusive fitness theory), and the question why humans take up a special position in the animal kingdom. The emphasis will be placed on concrete examples that show how knowledge of evolutionary or ultimate causation is linked to knowledge of the proximate cause of a phenomenon. By studying these examples, students will obtain a clearer image of how the evolutionary approach contributes to a better understanding of psychological phenomena.
Doelstellingen van dit vakKnowledge of principles of Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics and population genetics. Insight into the inclusive fitness theory and how this theory can be used to explain (the evolution of) behaviour, and the psyche. Understanding the distinction between ultimate and proximate explanations and how they can be applied to psychological phenomena.
8 jun 2020
3 jul 2020
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
- M.M.L. Moerel
- M. Gerards
Evaluatiemethoden:Attendance, Written exam
Trefwoorden:Natural selection, genetics, inclusive fitness, man as a unique being.