This Psychology Factsheet summarises the main assumptions of the evolutionary approach to psychology and applies those assumptions to explanations of psychological disorders. The Factsheet includes Exam Hints and the worksheet gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned to exam style questions. Words in bold are explained in the glossary and a reference list is included to encourage extended research and reading.

The examiner will expect you to be able to:
1. Outline the assumptions of evolutionary psychology.
2. Use appropriate psychological vocabulary.
3. Apply the assumptions of evolutionary psychology to psychological disorders.
4. Critically evaluate evolutionary explanations of psychological disorders.
5. Support explanations with relevant psychological research.

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January 2020


ISSN: 1351-5136

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250 Evolutionary Explanations of Psychological Disorders v2

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