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Perspective 1: Why Would Natural Selection Craft an Organism Whose Future Functioning Is Influenced by Its Earlier Experiences?

Jay Belsky

in Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755059
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979479 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755059.003.0025
Perspective 1: Why Would Natural Selection Craft an Organism Whose Future Functioning Is Influenced by Its Earlier Experiences?

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A focus on proximate determinants of human development is quite different, even if not entirely distinct, from ultimate explanations. This chapter discusses the “differential susceptibility” and “biological-sensitivity-to-context” theses. Both arguments also define individual differences in developmental plasticity to mean that some children and even adults will be more susceptible than others to both the adverse and beneficial effects of, respectively, unsupportive and supportive contextual conditions.

Keywords: developmental plasticity; individual differences; evolution; differential susceptibility

Chapter.  2953 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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