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Development links psychological causes to evolutionary explanations

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 April 2014

Mark Fedyk
Department of Philosophy, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB E4L 1G9Canada. mfedyk@mta.ca
Tamar Kushnir
Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. tk397@cornell.edu


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.

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