Loyola Law School, Los Angeles: JD 1983
Wayne State University: PhD, Psychology 1969
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Cal Poly caveman: Psychology lecturer builds art caves under his property
Leland Swenson finished his office hours at Cal Poly, drove home and relaxed in his underground cave with his dog. For 20 years, the psychology lecturer built a cave network beneath his property in San Luis Obispo County.
An Evolutionary Theory of Human MotivationGenetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs
Larry C. Bernard, Michael Mills, Leland Swenson & R. Patricia Walsh
2010 The authors review psychology's historical, competing perspectives on human motivation and propose a new comprehensive theory. The new theory is based on evolutionary principles as proposed by C. Darwin (1859) and modified by W. D. Hamilton (1964, 1996), R. L. Trivers (1971, 1972), and R. Dawkins (1989). The theory unifies biological, behavioral, and cognitive approaches to motivation. The theory is neuropsychological and addresses conscious and nonconscious processes that underlie motivation, emotion, and self-control. The theory predicts a hierarchical structure of motives that are measurable as individual differences in human behavior. These motives are related to social problem domains (D. B. Bugental, 2000; D. T. Kenrick, N. P. Li, & J. Butner, 2003), and each is hypothesized to solve a particular problem of human inclusive fitness.