Development links psychological causes to evolutionary explanations

Mark Fedyk, Tamar Kushnir

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Our conscious abilities are learned in environments that have evolved to support them. This insight provides an alternative way of framing Huang & Bargh's (H&B's) provocative hypothesis. To understand the conflict between unconscious goals and consciousness, we can study the emergence of conscious thought and control in childhood. These developmental processes are also central to the best available current evolutionary theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-143
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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