Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 16 April 2021

Abstract and Keywords

Psychology has frequently drawn on animal behavior for insights into the human mind, but the central theory of biology, that of natural selection, has yet to be fully incorporated into the primary comparative psychology literature. This chapter reviews the adaptationist program (Williams, 1966), a method that allows psychologists to use theories and insights developed in evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary psychology to map the computational architecture of the human mind. As an example of the adaptationist program at work, I review a long standing problem in perceptual psychology: the inconsistent evidence for the ability to assess height and weight from the voice, and then show how the application of this method allows us to derive the hypothesis that the human mind contains cognitive mechanisms for the assessment of formidability. A series of tests of this theory are then reviewed.

Keywords: formidability, evolutionary psychology, adaptationist program, voice, comparative psychology

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.