Massachusetts Institute for Technology

MIT: MIT 9.00SC – Lecture 24

Lecture 24: Conclusions: Evolutionary Psychology, Happiness

This final lecture considers psychological perspectives on human nature (evolutionary psychology) and how to live our lives (happiness). For instance, to what extent do attitudes and behaviors about sex and race have evolutionary roots? Does more money, more vacation time, or more choice actually make us happier? Can we predict what things will make us happy, and act upon those predictions?


  1. Evolutionary Psychology: Views on Sexuality and Race
  2. Happiness: Can It Be Measured and Studied?
  3. Predicting Happiness: Affective Forecasting, the Paradox of Choice

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