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Revisiting the Miller-Kanazawa debate: Should Asia be afforded more attention from evolutionary psychologists?

Country : Singapore
Department : Singapore Management University
Project Title : Revisiting the Miller-Kanazawa debate: Should Asia be afforded more attention from evolutionary psychologists?
Researcher : LEE, Sean Teck Hao
Keyword : Geoffrey Miller , Satoshi Kanazawa , debate , Asia , future of evolutionary psychology , response , opinion , Asian Studies , Psychology
Publisher : Institutional Knowledge at Singapore Management University
Year End : 2019
Identifier : https://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soss_research/2844 , https://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4101&context=soss_research
Source : Research Collection School of Social Sciences
Abstract / Description :

A decade ago, Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa and Dr. Geoffrey Miller, two renowned evolutionary psychologists, participated in a debate on whether evolutionary psychologists should focus on Asia in their quest to establish a stronghold in the general field of psychology (Kanazawa, 2006; Miller, 2006a,b). Despite painstaking efforts to foster greater receptiveness among Western psychologists toward an evolutionary perspective of psychological phenomena, most still seem to be critically reserved toward it; favoring instead proximate sociocultural explanations of psychological phenomena as stipulated by the standard social science model (Tooby and Cosmides, 1992; Popper, 2003; Derksen, 2005). Facing such an inertia, Miller (2006b) suggested that it may perhaps be wise to re-direct the field's efforts on the up-and-coming Asia region, to potentially secure better prospects for the field of evolutionary psychology. Kanazawa (2006), however, opposed such a notion and expressed considerable doubt on whether Asia would be worth the effort.

References

LEE, Sean Teck Hao. (2019). Revisiting the Miller-Kanazawa debate: Should Asia be afforded more attention from evolutionary psychologists?.  Singapore: Singapore Management University.
LEE, Sean Teck Hao. 2019. "Revisiting the Miller-Kanazawa debate: Should Asia be afforded more attention from evolutionary psychologists?".  Singapore: Singapore Management University.
LEE, Sean Teck Hao. "Revisiting the Miller-Kanazawa debate: Should Asia be afforded more attention from evolutionary psychologists?."  Singapore: Singapore Management University, 2019. Print.
LEE, Sean Teck Hao. Revisiting the Miller-Kanazawa debate: Should Asia be afforded more attention from evolutionary psychologists?. Singapore: Singapore Management University; 2019.

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