Taking old ideas seriously: Evolution, development, and human behavior

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I argue that the roots of an adequate integration of evolution into psychology are not to be found in evolutionary psychology, but rather in evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). To this end, I provide an overview of evo-devo and explore the limited role that behavioral sciences have played in its genesis. I then motivate an evo-devo approach to psychobiology, and sketch desiderata for the success of this enterprise. In particular, I elucidate what it means to take both development and evolution seriously, and argue for the primacy of developmental analysis in the exploration of (human) behavior and its evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-404
Number of pages18
JournalNew Ideas in Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Developmental psychobiology
  • Developmental systems theory
  • Epigenesis
  • Evo-devo
  • Evolutionary psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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