6th Edition

Evolutionary Psychology The New Science of the Mind

By David Buss Copyright 2019
    518 Pages
    by Routledge

    518 Pages
    by Routledge

    Where did we come from?

    What is our connection with other life forms?

    What are the mechanisms of mind that define what it means to be a human being?

    Evolutionary psychology is a revolutionary new science, a true synthesis of modern principles of psychology and evolutionary biology. Since the publication of the award-winning first edition of Evolutionary Psychology, there has been an explosion of research within the field. In this book, David M. Buss examines human behavior from an evolutionary perspective, providing students with the conceptual tools needed to study evolutionary psychology and apply them to empirical research on the human mind.

    This edition contains expanded coverage of cultural evolution, with a new section on culture–gene co-evolution, additional studies discussing interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals, expanded discussions of evolutionary hypotheses that have been empirically disconfirmed, and much more!

    Evolutionary Psychology features a wealth of student-friendly pedagogy including critical-thinking questions and case study boxes designed to show how to apply evolutionary psychology to real-life situations. It is an invaluable resource for undergraduates studying psychology, biology and anthropology.

    See "Support Material" below for new online resources, including PowerPoint slides and Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank.




    Part 1 - Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology


    Chapter 1 - The Scientific Movements Leading to Evolutionary Psychology

    Chapter 2 - The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology


    Part 2 - Problems of Survival


    Chapter 3 - Combating the Hostile Forces of Nature


    Part 3 - Challenges of Sex and Mating


    Chapter 4 - Women’s Long-Term Mating strategies

    Chapter 5 - Men’s Long-Term Mating Strategies

    Chapter 6 - Short-Term Sexual Strategies


    Part 4 - Challenges of Parenting and Kinship

    Chapter 7 - Problems of Parenting

    Chapter 8 - Problems of Kinship


    Part 5 - Problems of Group Living

    Chapter 9 - Cooperative Alliances

    Chapter 10 - Aggression and Warfare

    Chapter 11 - Conflict between the Sexes

    Chapter 12 - Status, Prestige, and Social Dominance

    Chapter 13 - Toward a Unified Evolutionary Psychology



    David M. Buss received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He began his career in academics at Harvard, later moving to the University of Michigan before accepting his current position as professor of psychology at the University of Texas. His primary research interests include human sexuality, mating strategies, conflict between the sexes, homicide, stalking, and sexual victimization. The author of more than 300 scientific articles and six books, Buss has won numerous awards including the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, the APA G. Stanley Hall Lectureship, the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Award, and a Robert W. Hamilton Book Award for the first edition of Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind. He is also the editor of the first comprehensive Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (Wiley) and co-editor (with Patricia Hawley) of The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences. In 2013, he was named one of the 30 most influential living psychologists in the world. He enjoys extensive cross-cultural research collaborations and lectures widely within the United States and abroad. His hobbies include tennis, squash, and disc golf, and he is an avid film buff.

    "This introduction to one of the most exciting approaches to psychology is the best one out there—authoritative, lively, and balanced. It manages to be both theoretically sophisticated and accessible to a wide range of students interested in human nature and how it got that way."- Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, USA

    "The 6th edition of David Buss’s Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind, provides students with a thoroughly updated version of the best evolutionary psychology textbook on the market. I have used several competitors of Buss’s textbook in the past, and none are as successful in inspiring student enthusiasm for the field. Buss is an extraordinarily gifted writer: students consistently report that this textbook is the most interesting textbook they have ever been assigned. Surely some of this excitement is attributable to the fascinating field of evolutionary psychology, but I credit Buss’s remarkable skill as a writer, along with the outstanding organization and presentation of the material." - Todd K. Shackelford, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Chair Co-Director, Evolutionary Psychology Lab, Oakland University, USA