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Innate psychology and open-ended processes: Finding the middle ground

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 October 2000

David Sloan Wilson
Department of Biological Sciences, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000


Rolls's mechanistic account of emotion can help to bridge a rift within the field of evolutionary psychology. One side of the rift emphasizes the importance of innate psychological mechanisms that evolved to solve specific problems encountered in the ancestral environment. The other side emphasizes learning, development, and culture as open-ended evolutionary processes in their own right. Rolls shows how these two views can be reconciled, allowing a productive middle ground to be explored.

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© 2000 Cambridge University Press

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