chapter  16
Evolutionary Cognitive Psychology: The Missing Heart of Modern Cognitive Science: Douglas T. Kenrick, Edward K. Sadalla, and Richard C. Keefe
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Although the previous quote may slightly overstate the case, traditional cognitive psychology has, for the most part, proceeded as if it were possible to understand human thought processes without asking, "What is the human brain ultimately designed to do?" The field has also been biased toward an excessive preoccupation with the processes involved in comprehending written language. In the introductory chapter of a popular text on cognition, Glass and Holyoak (1986) justified this emphasis with the argument that reading printed words "calls into play virtually every aspect of ... cognitive processes" (p. 15). Implicit in this assumption is a commitment to a view of cognition based on domain-general processes that can explain thoughts about topics ranging from the perception of simple shapes and words to complex social relationships (e.g., Markus & Zajonc, 1985; Wyer & Srull, 1986).