Why Men Gamble and Women Buy Shoes

Why Men Gamble and Women Buy Shoes : How Evolution Shaped the Way We Behave

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Why does having sons reduce the likelihood of divorce? Why are most neurosurgeons male and most kindergarten teachers female? Why is sexual harassment so persistent? Why do females in every culture tend to be more religious than their male counterparts? Why do so many politicians ruin their careers with sex scandals (but only if they are men)? These are some of the aspects of universal human behaviour into which evolutionary psychology has begun to give us insights. The past decade has witnessed an explosion in research on the biological and evolutionary foundations of our behaviour. And this new perspective is offering fresh insights into many questions that the social sciences have struggled to answer. Using a lively and engaging question-answer format, and with each chapter focusing on a particular theme of behaviour, the authors look the evolutionary reasons for the way we behave, the statistical trends and tendencies, and, of course, the many exceptions too.show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 196mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192807056
  • 9780192807052

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. What is evolutionary psychology?; 2. Barbie, manufactured by Mattel, designed by evolution: Evolutionary psychology of sex and mating; 3. Some things are more important than money: Evolutionary psychology of marriage and the family; 4. The demonic male: Evolutionary psychology of crime and violence; 5. "Losing it" the gender-specific way: The evolutionary psychology of deviant behavior; 6. Guess what? Religion is still around: The evolutionary psychology of religion; 7. Life isn't fair, or politically correct: Evolutionary psychology of political and economic inequalities; 8. The good, the bad, and the ugly: The evolutionary psychology of intergroup relations; Conclusionshow more

About Alan S. Miller

Alan S. Miller was Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Hokkaido University, Japan, and Affiliate Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. He died in 2003. Satoshi Kanazawa is Reader in Management and Research Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His work has been widely featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Times (London), Time, and Psychology Today, and on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."show more

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