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Evolutionary psychology and intelligence research

Kanazawa, Satoshi ORCID: 0000-0003-3786-8797 (2010) Evolutionary psychology and intelligence research. American Psychologist, 65 (4). pp. 279-289. ISSN 0003-066X

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Identification Number: 10.1037/a0019378


This article seeks to unify two subfields of psychology that have hitherto stood separately: evolutionary psychology and intelligence research/differential psychology. I suggest that general intelligence may simultaneously be an evolved adaptation and an individual-difference variable. Tooby and Cosmides's (1990a) notion of random quantitative variation on a monomorphic design allows us to incorporate heritable individual differences in evolved adaptations. The Savanna–IQ Interaction Hypothesis, which is one consequence of the integration of evolutionary psychology and intelligence research, can potentially explain why less intelligent individuals enjoy TV more, why liberals are more intelligent than conservatives, and why night owls are more intelligent than morning larks, among many other findings. The general approach proposed here will allow us to integrate evolutionary psychology with any other aspect of differential psychology.

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Additional Information: © 2010 American Psychological Association
Divisions: Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2010 10:52
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 23:39

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