In this lesson students learn about the concept of cognitive biases as well as a number of important cognitive biases that may affect our well-being and social interactions, identify their causes in evolutionary history, their functions, and reflect on how to cope with cognitive biases.
Mismatch? (lesson plan)
In this lesson, students learn about the concept of evolutionary mismatch and apply it to various problems of sustainable development. They reflect on how we can deal with mismatch and develop solutions.
Note: This lesson will primarily discuss mismatch related to human behavior and well-being or social sustainability. However, the concept of evolutionary mismatch can also be discussed in the context of ecological sustainability, especially with regard to the impact of human activities on nature, since many observed maladaptations in organisms can be traced back to human impact on ecosystems and the associated change in natural living conditions.
- Teaching material type Full lesson plan, Project
- Subject Areas Biology, Civics, ESD, Ethics, Health, History, Human Evolution, Interdisciplinary, Psychology, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning
- Learning Goals Critical Thinking, Evaluation Competency, Evolutionary Thinking, Self-Regulation Competency
- Suitable Grade Levels 9-12
- Concepts adaptive flexibility, Function of behavior, Mismatch
- Content Anchors Ancient Ancestors, Our Mind, Sustainable Development Goals
Author: Susan Hanisch
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