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:
Scientists, educators, contributors, and the general public can use PsychTable to:
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 needs your help! In order to have a classification system of proposed EPAs, we need contributors to add citations and build our site.
Any researcher or scholar with an interest in the biological or social sciences is potentially eligible to become a curator. We need curators from a diversity of disciplines, including (but not limited to) psychology, biology, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, history, cognitive science, computer science, and linguistics. Potential curators should have an advanced degree and/or publication history in a field related to the biological or social sciences. Graduate students -- and, in some cases, undergraduate students -- are eligible, provided they can demonstrate expertise or experience with pertinent topics.
Our expert contributors, known as "curators," upload citations of peer-reviewed literature or scholarly books that support or challenge the existence of proposed EPAs (evolved psychological adaptations). Curators also rate the citations that they and other curators upload, on the basis of how well each one supports or challenges the existence of that EPA. PsychTable calculates evidence scores based on the citations and their ratings.
Contributing to PsychTable can be as small or as big a commitment as you wish. It only takes a minute to upload or rate a citation, and you can upload as few or as many as you want at any time.
If I'm not eligible to be a curator, can I still use and contribute to PsychTable?
How do I become a curator?
To get started curating for PsychTable, e-mail us with a letter of interest and your CV. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.
"An intriguing project, with the promise of stimulating reflection and further research."
"This is an extremely ambitious and welcome venture. To catalog information not just by species and group (so to
speak) but also by logic and evidence is to provide a much deeper and more valuable intellectual resource for
the user. And the topic is nothing less than the evolved psychology of the human mind. It will take quite some
time and skill to construct, but the project is cumulative: every advance will be useful and invite the next
improvement. The authors seem well aware of the task they have set themselves and I wish them every
"An innovative and useful tool that will help integrate, organize, and jump start a promising new field."
"Ambitious. An agenda that could help organize the field in a way that would provide an immense service to
"Open access meets open inquiry at this site where evidence for each hypothesis is critically evaluated on a
case-by-case basis, free of the bias of programmatic agendas."
"The PsychTable project is a brilliant and well-conceived operation that will organize and classify the scattered
data of evolutionary psychology into a coherent data base accessible to all those doing research on evolved
human capacities. Instead of worthy but essentially uncoordinated entrepreneurial efforts, we can have truly
cooperative testing of hypotheses against a standardized data bank. It would be a scientific dream come true and
has my wholehearted support."
"One symptom of a maturing discipline is the capacity to describe all the elements of the discipline’s domain in
a conceptually coherent way. The taxonomy building proposed in PsychTable is an ambitious beginning for this
much needed framework. A second symptom of a maturing discipline is the capacity for the investigator community
to engage in ongoing public “doubt” of claims within its domain. This relentless falsification is how we
ultimately work our way to sound, bedrock consensus. PsychTable is also beautifully designed to support this
second essential endeavor. We eagerly look forward to watching this locus of insight grow and develop."
"A landmark project for the field of Evolutionary Psychology. PsychTable will allow for information on the basic
human psychological adaptations to be collected and organized in one easy-to-access place. It will be a go-to
source for researchers and students, and it will be a major engine that will drive future work in the
"PsychTable.org is the long-awaited foundation for psychology that was first envisioned by Darwin-- a catalog of
each evolved 'mental power and capacity', and a Gray's Anatomy of human psychological adaptations."
"There have been quite a few occasions on which I wished there were the sort of summary information that this
proposed taxonomy will provide. I wish this project well."
"The PsychTable project is wonderful new initiative. It offers a great research tool for social scientists
interested in the evolutionary origins of social behavior, and can further develop the much-needed integration
between the social and biological sciences."
"This ambitious and important initiative has the potential to be a momentous endeavor in providing scholars,
students and the general public with an easily accessible synthesis for advancing the study and categorization
of our evolved psychology."
"PsychTable's potential to propel evolutionary psychology forward is limitless. The information that PsychTable
will provide will allow researchers to allocate their time, attention, and resources in a far more efficient
as they attempt to uncover and understand human nature."
"PsychTable fills a conspicuous lacuna in the landscape of computational biology, which does not contain any
project devoted to human psychological and behavioral adaptations. Accordingly, having a shared basis in fact
to be found in a central data store such as will result from PsychTable will be of particular value to
"PsychTable is a rare opportunity to develop a sustainable, collaborative, and revolutionary platform within
evolutionary behavioral science. The community has been calling for it for decades, and while there have been
some proposed theoretical models for creating such a network, there has never been a plan for a comprehensive,
interactive way to put evidence in evolutionary psychology to the test."