Having an interest in human psychology (but no formal training) I decided to take Coursera's Introduction to Psychology as a Science. Here's a snippet from an introductory lecture (it requires signup, so I'll paste the transcription):
Statement: "Much of human behavior is instinctive."
Answer: "No, we have very few instinctive behaviors. There are some reflexes that young infants have, like for example the reflex to suck if you put something in their mouth or if you tickle the bottom of their feet, their toes will spread out. Those are reflexes that go away as the child gets older. We certainly have genetic predisposition to do things in a certain way. But, instinct, species specific behaviors that lower animals have, are very rare in human behavior."
This emphatic assertion really surprised me. It was my understanding that -at least at some degree- the fundamentals of evolutionary psychology had influenced "traditional psychology" over the years (not as explanation of every human behavior, sure, but certainly more than to explain the sucking reflex).
So here is the question: has evolutionary psychology found its place in universities (syllabus, articles, ...) or is it pretty much ignored in academia?