Problems of Survival

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Section 2: Problems of Survival
Discussions and Applications: Please utilize the correct discussion folder found in the Discussion Forum of the PSY 4103 course
to post your responses to the discussion topics. All applications are to be posted in the Course Work area.
Required Reading:
Evolutionary Psychology text: Chapter 3
-Buss, D. M. (2008). Evolutionary psychology: The new science of the mind (3rd ed.). Allyn & Bacon. ISBN: 9780205483389
Activity 1: Read and Review (6 Points)
Provide a brief review of one of the scholarly resources you used for Activity # 4.
Length: 2 pages (app. 350 words per page)
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and
provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA
standards.
Submit your document in the Course Work area below the Activity screen.
Learning Outcomes: (2, 6)
l Discuss psychological aspects of problems of human survival from an evolutionary perspective.
l Create an annotated bibliography for a topic in evolutionary psychology.
Activity 2: Essay: Chapter 3 (8 Points)
Chapter 3: Combating the Hostile Forces of Nature: Human Survival Problems
Prepare two topics from the list below and prepare essays discussing these topics as they relate to evolutionary psychology:
(1) Food acquisition and selection
(2) Finding a place to live: Shelter and landscape preferences
(3) Combating predators and other environmental dangers
(4) Are humans programmed to die?
Be sure to incorporate topical information from your textbook and at least two articles published in peer reviewed journals in
the past 10 years.
Length: 3 pages (app. 350 words per page)
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and
provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA
standards.
Submit your document in the Course Work area below the Activity screen.
Learning Outcome: (2)
l. Discuss psychological aspects of problems of human survival from an evolutionary perspective.

Description

To bring into focus how organisms’ structures conform to changing environments, evolutionary psychology has been found to be quite significant. Since evolutionary psychology explores various features of the nervous system, mainly for human beings, and how it facilitates adaptations to changing environmental conditions. Since the functionality of all body structures are virtually controlled by the mind, the process of evolution by natural selection has been found to be largely embedded on evolutionary psychology. According to Confer et al (2010), a detailed analysis of the structural composition of human body has resulted into deeper understanding of the purpose of each body tissue and its purposes. The science of evolutionary psychology was founded on Darwin’s theory of natural selection back in the year 1859. As a result of problems in the environment, psychological adaptations are considered to have evolved to counter the danger associated with such problems (Buss, 2009). For instance, phobias are considered as psychological adaptations associated with environmental dangers. As a result of these problems, adaptive features are usually developed by organisms as solutions to these problems.