Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa
Print version ISSN 0102-3772
VASCONCELLOS, Silvio José Lemos; JAEGER, Antonio; PARENTE, Maria Alice and HUTZ, Cláudio Simon. Evolutionary Psychology and the social cognition domains. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2009, vol.25, n.3, pp. 434-439. ISSN 0102-3772. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-37722009000300018.
The study of social cognition came to prominence with the rise of Cognitive Psychology in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The expression refers to the processes that subserve behavior in response to other individuals. This paper analyses a new approach of social cognition based on Evolutionary Psychology. The authors describe some aspects related to the phylogeny of human cognition. The bibliographical review of this research considered the 1975-2006 period and included articles and books about this subject. The present paper also explains the main mechanisms that are products of natural selection and that appeared to solve social life problems in human evolutionary history. In the last part, the importance of this approach is discussed.
Keywords : evolutionary psychology; social cognition; evolution.