Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

Living Edition
| Editors: Todd K. Shackelford, Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford

Nomological Networks of Evidence

  • Annemie Ploeger
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_947-1

Synonyms

Definition

Schematic overviews of empirical evidence from a wide variety of sources and disciplines in order to evaluate the validity of hypothesized evolutionary psychological adaptations

Introduction

Although evolutionary psychology has been a fruitful and progressive research paradigm (e.g., Cosmides and Tooby 2013), many scientists remain skeptical about the value of an evolutionary approach to unravel the origins of the human mind. For example, in the domain of language evolution, Hauser and colleagues (2014) have argued that there is still a lack of empirical evidence in favor of the hypothesis that language is an adaptation. They argue that there is no fossil evidence related to language evolution in our ancestors, that the communicative skills of nonhuman animals are uninformative because these skills do not resemble human language, that our understanding of the genetics of language is poor, and that models of language evolution are...

Keywords

Language Evolution Hard Core Evolutionary Psychology Psychological Adaptation Progressive Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Gary L Brase
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA