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Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology
An Introduction

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  • Date Published: July 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511207921

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  • This textbook offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the complex but fascinating science of evolutionary psychology. By focusing on the way mind and behavior have developed and adapted to evolutionary pressures the authors show the relevance of an evolutionary approach to all areas of psychology and have created a stand-alone text that will also complement traditional courses. Not only are standard topics such as natural selection and sexual selection covered but also areas where there has been much exciting new research such as the evolution of the emotions, evolution and child development, the evolution of language and Darwinian medicine. The authors' objective perspective will be much appreciated in this often controversial area as will their engaging style and the user-friendly format. Each chapter features a preview and list of key terms, boxes highlighting case studies and the latest research, a summary and a guide to further reading.

    • User-friendly format and accessible writing style provides comprehensive introduction to this increasingly important area of psychology
    • Adopts multiple perspectives on subject and offers plenty of critical evaluation of evolutionary thinking
    • Integrates ideas with those of mainstream psychology to complement traditional undergraduate teaching
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    • Date Published: July 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511207921
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 57 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • 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. Evolutionary psychology and culture
    Glossary.

  • Authors

    Lance Workman, Bath Spa University
    Lance Workman is principal lecturer and head of department of psychology at Bath Spa University College. He has written numerous articles on biological psychology and on animal behaviour, and recently wrote the evolutionary psychology section of the Encarta encyclopedia.

    Will Reader, Sheffield Hallam University
    Will Reader is senior lecturer in psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, specialising in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology and human-computer interaction. He has published articles in all these areas.

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