Evolutionary Psychology

How Fear Protects Us From Violence

Fear is a natural human feeling, and how we interpret—and use—it is somewhat dependent on one’s culture. In the west, for instance, fear is often seen as a negative emotion, something we must “overcome.” But there are other ways to look at fear, and in his book, “The Gift of Fear,” author Gavin De Becker […]

Comparative Psychology: What Do Humans and Animals Have in Common?

To ask—“What do humans and animals have in common on a psychological level?”—remains open to debate, controversy, and opens up decades of research in psychology and the biological sciences alike. So, there isn’t an easy answer. That said, however, over the years researchers have found a general understanding of the extent to which animals possess […]

Tackling Sleep Problems

Many Americans suffer from lack of sleep, broken sleep or other sleep related issues. Technology and our 24/7 world has, as it turns out, may contribute to difficulties getting a good night’s rest. In fact, recent research indicates a link between lack of sleep and symptoms of depression and anxiety. With restful sleep under threat, what […]

An Evolutionary Approach to Human Mating Strategies

Human Mating Strategies Many individuals tend to think of dating and relationships as an “anything goes,” dog-eat-dog enterprise. Yet you may be surprised to learn that human mating remains much more complex and much more science-based than you could ever imagine. When it comes to human mating, then, the psychological and sociological research appears to suggest that a myriad […]