Evolutionary psychology is concerned with the adaptive problems early humans faced in ancestral human environments, the nature of 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 relationship 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, cognitive scientists, and anyone using new developments in the theory of evolution to gain new insights into human behavior.
"This Handbook will be of value to social scientists who want a high-level examination of recent theory and research in a developing corner of their domain as well as to biological scientists who are interested in how their perspectives can be applied to phenomena considered outside their domain."
"With the publication of the Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology: Ideas, Issues, and Applications…I find myself once again rejuvenated with the zeal that good science engenders….Compiling a handbook is a formidable aspiration, and by and large, Crawford and Kreb's have succeeded admirably….A good theory promotes questioning. The ideas, issues, and applications explored in Crawford and Krebs Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology provide a cascade of questions."
Contents: Preface. Part I: Ideas. C. Crawford, The Theory of Evolution in the Study of Human Behavior: An Introduction and Overview. H.K. Reeve, Acting for the Good of Others: Kinship and Reciprocity With Some New Twists. G.F. Miller, How Mate Choice Shaped Human Nature: A Review of Sexual Selection and Human Evolution. B.S. Low, The Evolution of Human Life Histories. M Janicki, D.L. Krebs, Evolutionary Approaches to Culture. Part II: Issues. J.M. Bailey, Can Behavior Genetics Contribute to Evolutionary Behavioral Science? A. Wells, Evolutionary Psychology and Theories of Cognitive Architecture. L. Betzig, Not Whether to Count Babies, but Which. C. Crawford, Environments and Adaptations: Then and Now. H.R. Holcomb III, Testing Evolutionary Hypotheses. Part III: Applications. D.L. Krebs, The Evolution of Moral Behaviors. M.K. Surbey, Developmental Psychology and Modern Darwinism. D.M. Buss, The Psychology of Human Mate Selection: Exploring the Complexity of the Strategic Repertoire. M. Daly, M. Wilson, The Evolutionary Social Psychology of Family Violence. C.R. Badcock, PsychoDarwinism: The New Synthesis of Darwin and Freud. D.T. Kenrick, E.K. Sadalla, R.C. Keefe, Evolutionary Cognitive Psychology: The Missing Heart of Modern Cognitive Science. N.M. Malamuth, M.F. Heilmann, Evolutionary Psychology and Sexual Aggression. R. Thornhill, Darwinian Aesthetics. Y. Hedrick-Wong, The Global Environmental Crisis and State Behavior: An Evolutionary Perspective. I. Silverman, K. Phillips, The Evolutionary Psychology of Spatial Sex Differences. D. Bickerton, The Creation and Re-Creation of Language.