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Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology





ISBN 9780805859577
Published March 18, 2008 by Psychology Press
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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.

Table of Contents

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.

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