Randolph M. Nesse (1992) Ethology to the Rescue
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Psycoloquy 3(12): Ethology to the Rescue
ETHOLOGY TO THE RESCUE
Randolph M. Nesse
Reply to Plutchik on Nesse on Mood
Department of Psychiatry
C 440 Med-Inn Bldg.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor MI 48109-0840
Plutchik and I agree that the capacity for mood is a
product of natural selection and needs an explanation in terms of
its function. He, however, has several less fundamental
objections which I reply to.
Mood, evolution, natural selection, fitness, emotion,
adaptation, function, depression, psychology, psychiatry.
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