Evolutionism/ Darwinism

Michael Smith, Austin Mckee, Dayon Holmes

Key Contributors

  • David Buss
- Psychology professor at The University of Texas Austin
- Published author, wrote Mating Strategies, Conflicts Between the Sexes, and Social Conflicts


  • Charles Darwin
- One of the earliest key contributors to the evolution theory

- English naturalist and geologist

- Established that all species came from common ancestors

Subject Matter

The evolutionary theory is an approach that examines memory, perception, and language to base its premise off of. Evolutionist seek to know which traits, if any, are evolved adaptations.

Basic Premise

Evolutionary psychology is a foundational metatheoretical framework that integrates the entire field of psychology into one theory. They use each individual idea to back their belief that as we grow and change, we learn new things and adapt to our surroundings and society. Often you will find them relating psychological traits to physiological mechanisms such as the heart, lungs, and immune system.