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ERIC Number: EJ1014875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Bridging Developmental Systems Theory and Evolutionary Psychology Using Dynamic Optimization
Frankenhuis, Willem E.; Panchanathan, Karthik; Clark Barrett, H.
Developmental Science, v16 n4 p584-598 Jul 2013
Interactions between evolutionary psychologists and developmental systems theorists have been largely antagonistic. This is unfortunate because potential synergies between the two approaches remain unexplored. This article presents a method that may help to bridge the divide, and that has proven fruitful in biology: dynamic optimization. Dynamic optimization integrates developmental systems theorists' focus on dynamics and contingency with the "design stance" of evolutionary psychology. It provides a theoretical framework as well as a set of tools for exploring the properties of developmental systems that natural selection might favor, given particular evolutionary ecologies. We also discuss limitations of the approach. (Contains 12 footnotes and 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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