Abstract

The connection between selfish genes and selfish goals is not merely metaphorical. Many goals that shape contemporary cognition and behavior are psychological products of evolutionarily fundamental motivational systems and thus are phenotypic manifestations of genes. An evolutionary perspective can add depth and nuance to our understanding of selfish goals and their implications for human cognition and behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-154
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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The selfish goal meets the selfish gene. / Neuberg, Steven; Schaller, Mark.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2014, p. 153-154.

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Neuberg, Steven ; Schaller, Mark. / The selfish goal meets the selfish gene. In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 2014 ; Vol. 37, No. 2. pp. 153-154.
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