Studying the evolution of cognition: Toward more methodological diversity in evolutionary psychology.

In this editorial, the authors note that much of the research in evolutionary psychology uses standard laboratory psychology methods to illuminate evolutionarily adaptive behavior. What is too often missing is both the incorporation of some of the rich methods that evolutionary biology offers (Goal 1), and a deeper consideration of the cognitive mechanisms involved in generating the investigated behavior (Goal 2). The authors believe the time is right to revisit these two goals and consider how a broader range of methods, from biology and beyond, can uncover and elucidate the information processing machinery that produces adaptive decisions and behavior. To make a modest contribution in this direction, they have brought together a collection of papers that all—in their own ways—study the evolved information processing mechanisms of the mind, and invited three senior researchers to comment on sets of them and put them into a broader context. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)