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Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology
Neuroscience Perspectives concerning Human Behavior and Experience

March 2012 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book brings together current perspectives concerning the manner in which human mind, behavior and experience evolved. In addition to the traditional psychological literature, it draws from work in the cognitive and affective neurosciences, ethology, and genetics. The focus will be on a unification and integration of evolutionary understandings within a broader consideration.
PART I: Introduction and Background
Chapter 1: Introduction to an evolutionary perspective
Chapter 2: What is evolution?
Chapter 3: Evolution and genetics
PART II: Basic human function and process
Chapter 4: Evolution of brain and function
Chapter 5: Developmental processes
Chapter 6: Emotionality
Chapter 7: Language
Chapter 8: Sex and gender
Chapter 9: Sexual selection
Chapter 10: Kin and family relationships
Chapter 11: Social relations
Chapter 12: Making social decisions
PART III: Applications
Chapter 13: Health and disease
Chapter 14: Psychopathology
Chapter 15: Culture


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Great introductory book for evolutionary psychology course. Up to date and easy to read. Includes many ilustrations, charts and diagrams. On the website additional interesting and useful materials (both for teachers and students) are avialable. It is really worth considering as one of a main textbook for evolutionary psychology teaching.

Dr Sylwester Orzechowski
Psychology , Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin
May 19, 2014

This is really comprehensive text on the subject of evolutionary psychology. It is authored with unwavering authority and the learner whether they are newcomer or seasoned psychology student should find the text invaluable in their studies at all levels.

Mr Andrew Thorne
Bristol Centre For Care, Health & Educ, City of Bristol College
April 4, 2014

This is a very helpful book for those who want the evolutionary perspective for certain human behaviour. In a way this may relate to all social sciences. Perhaps the book could have been improved by addressing the debate on the difference (and potential consequences) of adopting an evolutionary perspective whilst allowing a degree of communal responsibility.

Dr Chahid Fourali
London Metropolitan Business School, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
April 11, 2013

A very useful coverage of the evolutionary approach and its applications within contemporary psychology is provided. The evolution of the brain, genetic apsects and chapter on sexual selection are excellent. Of particular use in my teaching are the sections on development, emotionality, kinship, social functioning and culture. A wealth of conceptual detail is provided along with a very helpful reading of the current research.

Mr Paul Buckley
Nursing , Bradford University
April 8, 2013

Great book for undergraduates looking to explore evolutionary psychology, easy to understand, with good explanations of key concepts.

Ms Helen Hewertson
centre for research informed teaching, Central Lancashire University
July 24, 2012

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ISBN: 9781412995894