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Evolutionary Psychology

  • ID: 4031610
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 1752 pages
  • SAGE Publications Ltd
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Evolutionary psychology has close links to Charles Darwin and the idea that the theory of evolution can help us understand individual and social development. In recent years, this field has developed rapidly with the input from neuroscience and neuropsychology and has therefore seen steady growth in terms of research and literature published.

In this timely collection, Robert Kurzban presents key readings in this burgeoning field. The collection is organized thematically, with volumes dedicated to five fundamental areas:

  • Conceptual foundations
  • Relationships: relatives, mates and allies
  • Cooperation and competition
  • Culture, learning and development
  • The biology of evolutionary psychology

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Part One: Foundations

Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture, Part I: Theoretical Considerations John Tooby and Leda Cosmides

Evolutionary Psychology: A New Paradigm for Psychological Science David Buss

Human Evolutionary Psychology and Animal Behaviour Martin Daly and Margo Wilson

A Critique of Darwinian Anthropology Donald Symons

Part Two: EEA

Adaptively Relevant Environments versus the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness William Irons

Part Three: Modularity

The Evolution of Intelligence and Access to the Cognitive Unconscious Paul Rozin

Modularity in Cognition: Framing the Debate H. Clark Barrett and Robert Kurzban

Functional Specificity in the Human Brain: A Window into the Functional Architecture of the Mind Nancy Kanwisher

Part Four: Epistemology

Are Evolutionary Explanations Unfalsifiable? Evolutionary Psychology and the Lakatosian Philosophy of Science Timothy Ketelaar and Bruce Ellis

Part Five: Sexual Selection

How Mate Choice Shaped Human Nature: A Review of Sexual Selection and Human Evolution Geoffrey Miller


Part One: Kin Selection and Humans

Discriminative Parental Solicitude: A Biological Perspective Martin Daly and Margo Wilson

The Architecture of Human Kin Detection Debra Lieberman, John Tooby and Leda Cosmides

Part Two: Mate Choice and Attraction

Sex Differences in Human Mate Preferences: Evolutionary Hypotheses Tested in 37 Cultures David Buss

Part Three: Faces and Aesthetics

Facial Attractiveness: Evolutionary Based Research Anthony Little, Benedict Jones and Lisa DeBruine`

The Evolution of Human Physical Attractiveness Steven Gangestad and Glenn Scheyd

Adaptive Significance of Female Physical Attractiveness: Role of Waist-to-Hip Ratio Devendra Singh

Aesthetic Fitness: How Sexual Selection Shaped Artistic Virtuosity as a Fitness Indicator and Aesthetic Preferences as Mate Choice Criteria Geoffrey Miller

Part Four: Friendship and Alliances

The Social Brain: Mind, Language, and Society in Evolutionary Perspective Robin Dunbar

Co-residence Patterns in Hunter-Gatherer Societies Show Unique Human Social Structure Kim Hill et al.

The Alliance Hypothesis for Human Friendship Peter DeScioli and Robert Kurzban

Part Five: Social Strategy and Theory of Mind

Machiavellianism: A Synthesis of the Evolutionary and Psychological Literatures David Sloan Wilson, David Near and Ralph Miller

The Theory of Mind Impairment in Autism: Evidence for a Modular Mechanism of Development? Alan Leslie

Part Six: Emotions

Evolutionary Explanations of Emotions Randolph Nesse

Formidability and the Logic of Human Anger Aaron Sell, John Tooby and Leda Cosmides


Part One: Cooperation in Dyads

The Evolution of Cooperation Robert Axelrod and William Hamilton

Adaptive Specializations, Social Exchange, and the Evolution of Human Intelligence Leda Cosmides, H. Clark Barrett and John Tooby

Evolution of Cooperation through Indirect Reciprocity Olof Leimar and Peter Hammerstein

Part Two: Cooperation in Groups

Culture and the Evolution of Human Cooperation Robert Boyd and Peter Richerson

Food Sharing among Ache Foragers: Tests of Explanatory Hypotheses Hillard Kaplan et al.

The Content of Our Cooperation, Not the Color of Our Skin: An Alliance Detection System Regulates Categorization by Coalition and Race, But Not Sex David Pietraszewski, Leda Cosmides and John Tooby

Part Three: Competition

Violence against Stepchildren Martin Daly and Margo Wilson

The Evolutionary Psychology of Men's Coercive Sexuality Randy Thornhill and Nancy Thornhill

Evolutionary Origins of Stigmatization: The Functions of Social Exclusion Robert Kurzban and Mark Leary

Part Four: Morality


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