Discovering the Next Big Question in Evolutionary Psychology: A Few Guidelines

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The original big question for evolutionary psychology was whether an evolutionary perspective could generate any novel predictions, beyond those that would follow from common sense or from traditional theories in psychology. I consider a couple of examples of lines of research that answer that affirmatively. I then suggest 6 general heuristics for generating evolutionary psychological hypotheses and some criteria for evaluating the likely importance of a particular research question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEvolutionary Behavioral Sciences
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Heuristics
  • Hypothesis generation
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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