"Teaching Psychology with an Evolutionary Perspective" Featuring David Bjorklund

Created by Elizabeth Uva Employee on Mar 26, 2015

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at This is a pre-recorded webinar

Starts at 1:00 PM ยท Ends at 2:00 PM, EST (America/New_York)

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David Bjorklund




A fundamental idea of modern psychology is that the body's machinery, which produces behavior and mental experiences, is a product of evolution by natural selection. An evolutionary perspective causes people to see human behavior and actions a bit differently, ask different questions, and can be applied to important real-world issues including education, close relationships, and psychopathology. Although evolutionary theory, particularly when applied to humans, remains controversial in some areas, it is not incompatible with the tenets of mainstream psychology. It does not imply genetic determinism nor suggest that humans are destined to be violent, racist, and sexist. Cooperation and sociability are as much evolved features of humanity as aggression and competition are. Nor does an evolutionary perspective minimize the role of culture. In fact, culture is seen as an evolved characteristic of Homo sapiens.


In this webinar, David Bjorklund will:

  • Explain some of the core concepts of evolutionary thinking when applied to psychology.
  • Demonstrate how evolutionary thinking can be applied in the classroom.
  • Show how such an approach can foster a better understanding of the human condition.




David Bjorklund is a Professor of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses since 1976.


He is the Master Teacher in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, where he has received numerous teaching and research awards, and is the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. He served as Associate Editor of Child Development (1997-2001) and is currently serving as Editor of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. His books include: The Origins of Human Nature: Evolutionary Developmental Psychology (with Anthony Pellegrini), Origins of the Social Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and Child Development(edited with Bruce Ellis), Why Youth is Not Wasted on the Young: Immaturity in Human Development, Child and Adolescent Development: An Integrative Approach (with Carlos Hernández Blasi), Psychology 7th edition (with Peter Gray), and Children's Thinking: Cognitive Development and Individual Differences, now in its 5th edition.

This is a pre-recorded webinar