Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology : An Introduction

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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.show more

Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 41 b/w illus. 57 tables
  • 1139164759
  • 9781139164757

About Lance Workman

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 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.show more

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.show more

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