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Evolutionary Psychology

December 2009 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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`It is refreshing, in the wake of the sometimes uncritical enthusiasm for evolutionary psychology, to read a thoughtful and balanced account of the problems as well as the benefits of an evolutionary perspective on human behaviour' -

Professor Anne Campbell, Durham University

 

Essential Evolutionary Psychology introduces students to the core theories, approaches, and findings that are the necessary foundations for developing an understanding of the evolutionary psychology.

 

It offers a sound, brief and student friendly explication of how evolutionary theory has been and is applied in psychology. The book unpicks the very essence of human evolution, and how this knowledge is used to give evolutionary accounts of four of the central pillars of human behaviour - cooperation, attraction, aggression, and family formation. It also covers evolutionary accounts of abnormal behaviour, language and culture.

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Darwin's Argument and Three Problems
Heritability, Sexual Selection and Altruism  
 
What Is Evolutionary Psychology?
 
The Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness
 
Brains, Minds and Consciousness
 
Co-Operation and Interdependence
 
Families and Parenting
 
Mate Selection
 
Competition, Aggression and Violence
 
Evolution and Language
 
Evolution and Abnormal Psychology
 
Evolution and Culture
 
The Future of Evolutionary Psychology

`It is refreshing, in the wake of the sometimes uncritical enthusiasm for evolutionary psychology, to read a thoughtful and balanced account of the problems as well as the benefits of an evolutionary perspective on human behaviour' - Professor Anne Campbell, Durham University


A book very well organized with syntheses that help in understanding the contents. The information presented in the boxes promotes a more specific reading. It is a good complement of study.

Dr Isabel Santos
Psychology, Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
April 10, 2012

I haven't received approval for the course yet, but was hoping to find a slightly higher level text since it will be a senior seminar.

Dr Kelly Harrison
Psychology Dept, Virginia Polytechnic Institution / State University
April 12, 2011

Interesting content, yet lacks the depth that I require for the postgraduate students.

Dr Hyun-Jung Lee
Department of Accounting and Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science
March 15, 2011

Very interesteing literature I sertainly will use as a reference book when creating material in courses in general psychology. It will not be adopted as course literature since it is too narrow, it would need a course of its own to be covered.

Ms Karin Josefsson
Sch of Health & Social Sciences - HOS, Halmstad University
March 1, 2011

This is a clear and well presented book, more interesting and accessible than other beginners guides to evolutionary psychology.

Ms Helen Hewertson
centre for research informed teaching, University of Central Lancashire
December 14, 2010

An ideal book for final year undergraduates. It will go a long way in helping to overcome the problem of introducing the theory without sounding like an evangelist for the subject.

Mr Damon Lane
History , Havering College of Further and Higher Education
November 2, 2010

I will recommend this book for final year honours and MSc students who take my option in Cognitive Neuroscience as supplementary reading and will order copies for the library for next academic year.

Dr Douglas Potter
School of Psychology, Dundee University
September 14, 2010

Excellent reading

Dr Glynis Van Der Hoek
Psychology , Derby University
September 10, 2010

The book is up-to-date and easy to understand. We will recommend it as one of the textbooks for the course.

Mrs Minna Lyons
Psychology , Liverpool Hope University
March 11, 2010

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