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In 1992, the evolutionary psychologists Leda Cosmides and John Tooby predicted, “Just as one can now flip open Gray’s Anatomy to any page and find an intricately detailed depiction of some part of our evolved species-typical morphology, we anticipate that in 50 or 100 years one will be able to pick up an equivalent reference work for psychology and find in it detailed information-processing descriptions of the multitude of evolved species-typical adaptations of the human mind…”

Finding it unnecessary to wait until 2042 or 2092, Niruban Balachandran first proposed and published a classification table of human evolved psychological adaptations in 2011. He then teamed up with Daniel Glass in 2012 to co-found and co-publish a research paper announcing PsychTable.org, an open-science taxonomy devoted to uncovering the richness and complexity of our evolved human behavior. In addition to these two peer-reviewed research papers, Niruban and Daniel have also written a This View of Life article to accompany this podcast episode.

The PsychTable team is crowdfunding $10,000 in order to hire the highly experienced web designers and developers needed to create a robust and intuitive web interface. Interested TVOL readers can help support PsychTable by donating here.


Published On: March 6, 2020

Niruban Balachandran

Niruban Balachandran

Niruban Balachandran is co-leader of PsychTable.org. He has served in the World Bank since 2013, and his career has spanned more than 18 years in psychological science, education, and international development around the globe.

Mr. Balachandran was a winner of the World Bank’s Innovation Challenge Prize, the Bradley M. Bloom Impact Award, and the International Society for Human Ethology’s Linda Mealey Award. He is widely published in scholarly journals and print media, and is a frequently-invited speaker at international conferences. He is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and member of the Harvard Behavioral Insights Group, as well as a Bachelor of psychology (Honors) graduate from Rutgers. In 2019, he was honored by the New America Foundation as a Next Generation Leader.

Daniel Glass

Daniel Glass

Daniel Glass is co-leader of PsychTable.org. He is a clinician and researcher in the disciplines of evolutionary and clinical psychology. Dr. Glass has published sixteen peer-reviewed scholarly articles in the fields of psychology, medicine, and evolutionary studies on subjects ranging from human emotions to peer bullying/victimization to Alzheimer’s disease. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Suffolk University and is currently a psychotherapist working with children, adolescents, and young adults at a private practice in Connecticut.

Dr. Glass has taught a number of college psychology courses, including evolution and behavior courses and has published papers in the field of evolution pedagogy. He is the former co-editor of the EvoS Journal, the official journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, and current president of the Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society (AEPS), dedicated to bridging the gap between evolutionary behavioral science research and applied domains of human endeavor.

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