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In the past Robert C. Richardson has collaborated on articles with Yang Ming. One of their most recent publications is - The adaptive programme of evolutionary psychology. Which was published in journal .

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Robert C. Richardson's Articles: (2)

- The adaptive programme of evolutionary psychology

Publisher SummaryThis chapter focuses on the adaptive program of evolutionary psychology. The goal of the chapter is not just to defend the idea that humans evolved but to offer evolutionary explanations of specific human features in terms of natural selection. These explanations are intended to reflect evolutionary origins. Human language and cognition are certainly complex capacities. Evolutionary psychologists offer the explanations of psychological mechanisms in terms of the specific environmental demands, which shaped them in the evolutionary past. An understanding of these mechanisms and of their evolutionary functions is intended to illuminate the functions of these psychological mechanisms. Evolutionary explanation motivates the reform of psychological practice. The evolutionary psychology embraces an ambitious reform of psychology based on evolutionary principles. It also embraces an ambitious evolutionary program based on the centrality of adaptation to evolutionary thinking. Together, these result in a proposed reform of psychology based on evolutionary and adaptive psychological explanations. The program of evolutionary psychology, therefore, depends on convincing adaptive explanations. There are three methods for confirming adaptive explanations prevalent in evolutionary biology: first depends on reverse engineering, second on dynamic models, and the third on the comparative method.

Design and evaluation of linear ultrasonic motors for a cardiac compression assist device

AbstractExploiting new suitable actuators is key in developing cardiac compression assist devices. In this paper, a self-moving linear ultrasonic motor with large displacement within a limited housing space is proposed and investigated as a primary attempt to develop a new actuator suitable for a cardiac compression assist device. In the motor, the rectangular piezoelectric ceramic plates are directly used as the vibrators of a self-moving element with just one input power. The housing is used directly as a guide. Reversible motion direction is achieved through applying power to different electrodes. The motion principle is analysed on the basis of harmonic response calculation results. Using a data acquisition board with LabVIEW software, a control circuit, a laser displacement sensor, a force sensor, and a spring, an experimental rig is set up. Measured resonant frequencies and frequency properties agree with the calculated results and their analysis. Also under force control of the linear ultrasonic motor, 1 Hz pulse of desired force is realised with thrust force changing from 0 to 68% of the desired force in about 100 ms after 8 mm of displacement.

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