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Evolutionary Psychology
Neuroscience Perspectives concerning Human Behavior and Experience

  • William J. Ray - Professor of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, USA


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

"I would absolutely adopt it and recommend it."

Peter K. Jonason
University of South Alabama

"I was very impressed with the book. The text does an excellent job of demonstrating that natural and sexual selection provide a general sketch upon which environmental interaction builds our complex behavioral repertoires and that this interplay shapes the human experience from basic brain structure to the complexities of culture."

Shawn R. Charlton
University of Central Arkansas

This is an excellent text and covers a wide range of recent evolutionary psychology topics.

Mrs Issy Hallam
Psychology, South Devon College
May 6, 2017

This text covers a wide range of evolutionary psychology issues in a clear and logical order, yet you can still dip in and out of the chapters. I particularly like the end of chapter review questions and glossary pointers, which will enable students to consolidate their learning. On a practical note, the size of the book (approximately 26x18cm) makes it easier to carry about despite its hardback cover. A very real consideration for any student or teacher!

Mrs Issy Hallam
Psychology , South Devon College
January 21, 2016

The supplemental materials made the difference when deciding between this text and another.

Dr Stephanie Stilling
psychology, Univ Of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
June 29, 2015

No longer teaching on Intro 2

Dr Chris Egan
School of Life Sciences, Heriot-Watt University
February 9, 2015

A solid text but it was not the
first-choice for clarity, illustrations
and access to current research.

Dr Dennis Barone
SCHOOL OF EDUC/LIBERAL ARTS, John F Kennedy Univ-San Jose
January 29, 2015

An excellent text, informative and user friendly.

Mrs Karen Eaton-thomas
School of social justice and inclusion, University of Wales, Trinity St David
January 16, 2015

In my opinion there are other alternatives that are better suited for our purposes.

Mr Peter Karlsson
Sch of Health & Social Sciences - HOS, Halmstad University
December 11, 2014

Probably the best book on evolutionary psychology that I have read, the chapters are clear and concise, so shall be happy to recommend to students

Miss Marie Robbins
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
June 24, 2014

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ISBN: 9781412995894
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