Toward an Evolutionary-Developmental Explanation of Alternative Reproductive Strategies: The Central Role of Switch-Controlled Modular Systems

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Abstract

This chapter advances a theory of the development of individual differences in reproductive strategies by drawing on the West-Eberhard model of switch-controlled systems. The first part of the chapter describes the concept of switch-controlled modular systems and their critical role in the development and maintenance of alternative reproductive strategies. This part also dicusses ultimate causation. The chapter asks: At an evolutionary level, how has the process of natural selection organized these modular systems? The second part of the chapter discusses the conditions under which natural selection favors regulation of alternative reproductive strategies through adaptive genetic variation versus conditional responsivity to developmental conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199893485
ISBN (Print)9780195372090
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011

Keywords

  • Adaptive genetic variation
  • Conditional responsivity
  • Individual differences
  • Natural selection
  • Reproductive strategy
  • Switch-controlled modular systems
  • West-Eberhard model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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