Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

1-2018

Abstract

Human psychological mechanisms are adaptations that evolved to process environmental inputs, turning them into behavioral outputs that, on average, increase survival or reproductive prospects. Modern contexts, however, differ vastly from the environments that existed as human psychological mechanisms evolved. Many inputs now differ in quantity and intensity or no longer have the same fitness associations, thereby leading many mechanisms to produce maladaptive output. We present the precepts of this evolutionary mismatch process, highlight areas of mismatch, and consider implications for psychological science and policy.

Keywords

mismatch, adaptive lag, supernormal stimuli, evolutionary psychology

Discipline

Psychology | Theory and Philosophy

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Current Directions in Psychological Science

Volume

27

Issue

1

First Page

38

Last Page

44

ISSN

0963-7214

Identifier

10.1177/0963721417731378

Publisher

Association for Psychological Science

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1177/0963721417731378

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