Edition 11

mental toughness; consciousness; the compassionate mind; and more, including web-only reviews

Brian Haig advocates ‘inference to the best explanation’, a method used by Darwin and of relevance for theory appraisal in psychology

Explanatory theories in psychology are usually evaluated by employing the hypothetico-deductive method and testing them for their predictive accuracy. The purpose of this short article is to bring...

Could the most human of qualities owe their existence to tiny, mindless organisms? Justin H. Park and Mark Schaller investigate

Parasites have had profound effects on human evolution. Recent research implicates the existence of a set of psychological adaptations that serve as a first line of behavioural defence against...

Wendy Iredale and Mark Van Vugt look at the Darwinian psychology of helping and generosity

Could Darwinian sexual selection help us understand altruism towards strangers? We propose that altruism may be used as a ‘peacock’s tail’ to attract females. We argue that altruism is an...

Louise Acker on her experiences of the Society’s Undergraduate Research Assistantship scheme