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The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences$
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David M. Buss and Patricia H. Hawley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372090

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.001.0001

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Are Pleiotropic Mutations and Holocene Selective Sweeps the Only Evolutionary-genetic Processes Left for Explaining Heritable Variation in Human Psychological Traits?

Are Pleiotropic Mutations and Holocene Selective Sweeps the Only Evolutionary-genetic Processes Left for Explaining Heritable Variation in Human Psychological Traits?

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Geoffrey F. Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.003.0013

This chapter proposes that the field of evolutionary psychology must take seriously the notion that evolution has accelerated during the Holocene. This rapid recent evolution might call into question three foundational assumptions of evolutionary psychology: that the most important environment of evolutionary adaptedness (EEA) for explaining individual differences resides in the Pleistocene; that evolutionary equilibrium models such as balancing selection are the most relevant theories for explaining heritable variation in personality, cognitive, and mental health traits; and the degree to which psychic unity or species-typicality characterizes human psychology.

Keywords:   evolutionary psychology, Holocene, individual differences, selection, evolutionary equilibrium models

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