Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning


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How has natural selection affected our development?

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1. According to evolutionary psychology, all of the following statements are true, EXCEPT:

2. What is the definition of evolutionary developmental psychology?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Building upon the theory of evolution, developmental psychologists believe that genetic and environmental factors contribute to human behavior. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of this theory and allow you to explore this fascinating topic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To master this quiz, students will need to know the following:

  • Who described the theory of evolution
  • Definitions of key terms
  • Way(s) in which evolutionary psychologists believe learning occurs

Skills Practiced

Students will gain practice in the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on evolutionary developmental psychology
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about learning in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as natural selection and instinct
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how the theory of evolution can be applied to learning

Additional Learning

You can read the associated lesson to help you understand more about how we learn. This lesson, called Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning, contains the following objectives:

  • Describe how behavior can be shaped by natural selection
  • Explain how learning patterns over time developed into human instincts
  • Analyze factors that contribute to characteristic behaviors