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, 129 (6), 819-35

Developmental Dynamics: Toward a Biologically Plausible Evolutionary Psychology

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Developmental Dynamics: Toward a Biologically Plausible Evolutionary Psychology

Robert Lickliter et al. Psychol Bull.

Abstract

There has been a conceptual revolution in the biological sciences over the past several decades. Evidence from genetics, embryology, and developmental biology has converged to offer a more epigenetic, contingent, and dynamic view of how organisms develop. Despite these advances, arguments for the heuristic value of a gene-centered, predeterministic approach to the study of human behavior and development have become increasingly evident in the psychological sciences during this time. In this article, the authors review recent advances in genetics, embryology, and developmental biology that have transformed contemporary developmental and evolutionary theory and explore how these advances challenge gene-centered explanations of human behavior that ignore the complex, highly coordinated system of regulatory dynamics involved in development and evolution.

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