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Evolutionary Psychology
An Introduction

3rd Edition

  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107044647


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  • Written for undergraduate psychology students, and assuming little knowledge of evolutionary science, the third edition of this classic textbook provides an essential introduction to evolutionary psychology. Fully updated with the latest research and new learning features, it provides a thought-provoking overview of evolution and illuminates the evolutionary foundation of many of the broader topics taught in psychology departments. The text retains its balanced and critical evaluation of hypotheses and full coverage of the fundamental topics required for undergraduates. This new edition includes more material on the social and reproductive behaviour of non-human primates, morality, cognition, development and culture as well as new photos, illustrations, text boxes and thought questions to support student learning. Some 280 online multiple choice questions complete the student questioning package. This new material complements the classic features of this text, which include suggestions for further reading, chapter summaries, a glossary, and two-colour figures throughout.

    • Specifically written for psychology students, assuming no prior knowledge of evolutionary science and biology
    • Includes more material on the social and reproductive behaviour of non-human primates, morality, cognition, development and culture
    • New and enhanced pedagogy includes twice the number of thought questions per chapter, new text boxes, an online test bank of nearly 300 multiple choice questions, and updated photos, figures and illustrations throughout
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    'Workman and Reader is a refreshing book in the growing stack of textbooks in evolutionary psychology. Especially from a theoretical perspective it stands out, because it does not present the field as the closed theoretical system one finds in most classic textbooks on the topic. Rather it presents evolutionary psychology as a multifaceted approach to human behaviour; surveying known empirical research and accepted theories while critically speculating about unknown territory. Consequently, the book covers more territory than usually is the case, venturing into parts of developmental, cognitive and social psychology that most other textbooks evade. Together with its accessible style and presentation, this makes Workman and Reader almost an introduction in psychology from an evolutionary perspective, rather than just an introduction in evolutionary psychology; and that is an admirable feat.' Jannes Eshuis, Open University of the Netherlands

    'In this third edition to Evolutionary Psychology, Lance Workman and Will Reader clearly explain the essential links among evolutionary principles and behavior. We are indebted to the authors for a thoughtful presentation of this developing area of study and for a unique historical and comparative approach. Students and professionals will benefit.' Del Thiessen, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Austin

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107044647
    • length: 561 pages
    • dimensions: 249 x 188 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.36kg
    • contains: 89 b/w illus. 26 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to evolutionary psychology
    2. Mechanisms of evolutionary change
    3. Sexual selection
    4. The evolution of human mate choice
    5. Cognitive development and the innateness issue
    6. Social development
    7. The evolutionary psychology of social behaviour – kin relationships and conflict
    8. The evolutionary psychology of social behaviour – reciprocity and group behaviour
    9. Evolution, thought and cognition
    10. The evolution of language
    11. The evolution of emotion
    12. Evolutionary psychopathology and Darwinian medicine
    13. Evolution and individual differences
    14. Evolutionary psychology and culture.

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    Lance Workman, Sheffield Hallam University
    Lance Workman is Honorary Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Glamorgan.

    Will Reader, University of South Wales
    Will Reader is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University.

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