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Universal human traits: The holy grail of evolutionary psychology

  • Christopher Ryan (a1) and Cacilda Jethá (a2)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X05390054
  • Published online: 01 April 2005
Abstract

Although the search for universal human traits is necessarily the principle focus of researchers in evolutionary psychology, the habitual reliance on undergraduate students introduces profound doubts concerning resulting data. Furthermore, the absence of relevant data from foraging societies undermines claims of cross-cultural universality in this paper and in many others.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
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