Evolutionary psychology is concerned with the adaptive problems early humans faced in ancestral human environments, the nature of the psychological mechanisms natural selection shaped to deal with those ancient problems, and the ability of the resulting evolved psychological mechanisms to deal with the problems people face in the modern world. Evolutionary psychology is currently advancing our understanding of altruism, moral behavior, family violence, sexual aggression, warfare, aesthetics, the nature of language, and gender differences in mate choice and perception. It is helping us understand the relationships between cognitive science, developmental psychology, behavior genetics, personality, and social psychology.
Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology provides an up-to-date review of the ideas, issues, and applications of contemporary evolutionary psychology. It is suitable for senior undergraduates, first year graduate students, or professionals who wish to become conversant with the major issues currently shaping the emergence of this dynamic new field. It will be interesting to psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, economists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, and anyone interested in using new developments in the theory of evolution to gain new insights into human behavior.
Introduction C. Salmon, C. Crawford Evolutionary Psychology: The Historical Context Part 1: Biological Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology J. Alcock, C. Crawford Evolutionary Questions for Evolutionary Psychologists S.C Stearns, N. Allal, R. Mace Life History Theory and Human Development A.P. Møller Sex and Sexual Selection. S.A. West, A. Gardner, A.S. Griffin Kinship and Social Behavior Part 2: Development: The Bridge from Evolutionary Theory to Evolutionary Psychology W. Brown Sociogenomics for the Cognitive Adaptationist M. Surbey Selfish Genes, Developmental Systems, and the Evolution of Development Part 3: Evolved Mental Mechanisms: The Essence of Evolutionary Psychology S.W. Gangestad Biological Adaptations and Human Behavior H.C. Barrett Evolved Cognitive Mechanisms and Human Behavior C. Crawford Adaptations, Environments, and Behavior: Then and Now D.P Schmitt Evolutionary Psychology Research Methods. Part 4: The Evolutionary Psychology of Sex Differences G.J. Scheyd, C.E. Garver-Apgar, S.W. Gangestad Physical Attractiveness: Signals of Phenotypic Quality and Beyond A. Davies, T. Shackelford Two Human Natures: How Men and Women Evolved Different Psychologies C. Salmon Heroes and Hos: Reflections on Male and Female Natures. Part 5: The Evolutionary Psychology of Prosocial Behavior D.L. Krebs How Selfish by Nature? H. Gintis, S. Bowles, R. Boyd, E. Fehr Gene-Culture, Co-Evolution, and the Emergence of Altruistic Behavior in Humans D.D.P. Johnson, M.E. Price, M. Takezawa Renaissance of the Individual: Reciprocity, Positive Assortment, and the Puzzle of Human Cooperation D.T. Kenrick, J.M. Sundie, R. Kurzban Cooperation and Conflict Between Kith, Kin, and Strangers: Game Theory by Domains R.H. Frank On the Evolution of Moral Sentiments Part 6: The Evolutionary Psychology of Antisocial Behavior and Psychopathology M. Daly, M. Wilson Is the "Cinderella Effect" Controversial? A Case Study of Evolution-Minded Research and Critiques Thereof M. Schaller, S.L. Neuberg Intergroup Prejudices and Intergroup Conflicts S. Baron-Cohen The Evolution of Brain Mechanisms for Social Behavior C. Badcock An Evolutionary Theory of Mind and Mental Illness: Genetic Conflict and the Mentalistic Continuum A. Trois Psychopathology and Mental Illness Part 7: Exploring the Explanatory Power of Evolutionary Psychology S. Atran The Evolution of Religion.