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Why all evolutionary psychological theories must be tested in WEIRD societies

Kanazawa, Satoshi ORCID: 0000-0003-3786-8797 (2024) Why all evolutionary psychological theories must be tested in WEIRD societies. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 10 (1). 33 - 39. ISSN 2198-9885

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s40806-024-00383-6


Henrich et al. (Behavioral and Brain Science 33:61–135, 2010), with their call to increase the number of samples from non-WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic) societies, represented a major roadblock in the steady progress of the science of evolutionary psychology and caused a significant detour. Whatever merit Henrich et al.’s (Behavioral and Brain Science 33:61–135, 2010) article might have had for social and behavioral sciences in general, it is the wrong call for evolutionary psychology. In this essay, I explain why evolutionary psychologists must continue to test their general theories about evolved human nature mainly in WEIRD societies.

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Additional Information: © 2024 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2024 10:27
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2024 00:06

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