About PsychTable
PsychTable is a mass collaborative project devoted to classifying and evaluating the evidence for evolved psychological adaptations (EPAs) of the human mind. PsychTable has five broad purposes:

1. To classify the observed taxa (EPAs) that have been discovered so far

2. To aggregate both supporting and negative findings for proposed EPAs, and thus evaluate the strength of evidence for each in a more objective way than is currently available

3. To propose empirical evidence and studies that support and challenge the existence of individual EPAs, and highlight where further research is needed

4. To educate the general public, critics, and skeptics about the evolutionary social sciences by providing open access to information about which EPAs have been discovered and the evidence for them so far

5. To enhance a culture of synthesis in the international research community by raising the importance of classification as a force multiplier for research breakthroughs, Web-based scientific collaboration, and interdisciplinary consilience

Scientists, educators, contributors, and the general public can use PsychTable to:

  • Explore hundreds of evolved psychological adaptations (EPAs)

  • Connect directly with a worldwide community of scientists, educators, students, contributors, and the general public

  • Propose empirical evidence and studies that support or challenge the existence of individual EPAs

  • Help compile individual dossiers that profile individual EPAs' neurolocalizations, neurochemical substrates, elicitors, outputs, and so on

  • Nominate hypothesized EPAs that may be substantiated or appear in the future via emerging research

  • Gain rapid insight into which areas of evolutionary social scientific research are open to further empirical inquiry

  • Provide a helpful Web-based study tool for students
See our Frequently Asked Questions section to learn more about PsychTable.

For in-depth information on PsychTable, please read this article, published in Volume 5, Issue 2 of Evolution: Education and Outreach.

Niruban Balachandran's 2011 JSEC article, "A Proposed Taxonomy of Human Evolved Psychological Adaptations," was the original inspiration for PsychTable.org. Click here to read the article.


PsychTable Project Team:
Niruban Balachandran
Daniel J. Glass
Timothy Nabzdyk
Neil Oman


Senior Advisory Board:
Leda Cosmides, Ph.D. (University of California, Santa Barbara)
John Tooby, Ph.D.
(University of California, Santa Barbara)
Andrew C. Gallup, Ph.D. (Princeton University)
Glenn Geher, Ph.D. (State University of New York, New Paltz)
Adam M. Goldstein, Ph.D. (Iona College)
Amy Jacobson, Ph.D. (Rutgers University)
Christopher D. Lynn, Ph.D. (University of Alabama)
Michael Mills, Ph.D. (Loyola Marymount University)
Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, Ph.D. (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Daniel T. O'Brien, Ph.D. (Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University)
David P. Schmitt, Ph.D. (Bradley University)
Andrew Goldfinch, Ph.D. (The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Oliver Scott Curry, Ph.D. (University of Oxford)
Katrina Hercules, B.A.


PsychTable is endorsed by:
EvoS Consortium
Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society
Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society