By Nancy Eisenberg
Excerpt: “A larger perspective informed by knowledge about all levels of analysis is in jeopardy. An important challenge for psychological science is to better frame and assess the interconnections among the various levels of analysis.”
My comment: The interconnections have been framed in the context of a model that links the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of DNA in the organized genomes of species from microbes to man via conserved molecular mechanisms.
“THIS MODEL DETAILS HOW CHEMICAL ECOLOGY DRIVES ADAPTIVE EVOLUTION VIA: (1) ecological niche construction, (2) social niche construction, (3) neurogenic niche construction, and (4) socio-cognitive niche construction. This model exemplifies the epigenetic effects of olfactory/pheromonal conditioning, which alters genetically predisposed, nutrient-dependent, hormone-driven mammalian behavior…” — Nutrient-dependent/pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution: a model.
Accurately framing the interconnections that enable the biodiversity manifested in the morphological and behavioral phenotypes of all species eliminates most theories that evolutionary psychologists were taught to believe in.
Those who still believe that mutations and natural selection could somehow lead to biodiversity in all genera may now need to watch closely as evolutionary theory is replaced by what is known about amino acid substitutions and cell type differentiation.
Psychologists who learn about cell type differentiation can then teach what is known about the biological basis of behavior to evolutionary psychologists.