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Evolution and Psychology

Evolution and Psychology

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March 2024 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Evolution and Psychology is a critical exploration of how evolutionary approaches can be used to understand the human mind and behaviour.

Written for undergraduate students in the social sciences, this text provides an accessible introduction to foundational concepts in evolutionary biology. It then explores evolutionary perspectives on key psychological topics such as cognition, development, group dynamics, mate choice, language and communication, psychopathology, and culture. An interdisciplinary approach is woven throughout, integrating evolutionary psychology with insights from behavioural ecology, anthropology, genetics, and neuroscience.

You will learn to think critically about evolutionary explanations, with Warning Flag features throughout the text that address frequently misunderstood topics, common fallacies, and historical misuses and abuses of applying evolutionary theory to human behaviour.

This is an essential read for students of Evolutionary Psychology and anyone looking for a contemporary overview of this complex and captivating field.

Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton is Professor of Psychology at Western University.  

Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: Introduction to Evolution and Human Behaviour
Chapter 2: Natural and Sexual Selection
Chapter 3: Human Origins
Chapter 4: Evolutionary Approaches to the Study of Human Behaviour
Chapter 5: Development as a Central Process
Part II: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Social Behaviour
Chapter 6: Reproductive Behaviour and Mate Choice
Chapter 7: Social Development & Kin-directed Behaviour
Chapter 8: Families & Groups: Cooperation and Conflict
Part III: Evolutionary Perspectives on Cognition
Chapter 9: Perception and Action
Chapter 10: Evolution and Cognition
Chapter 11: Language
Part IV: Evolutionary Perspectives on Psychopathology, Motivation and Emotion, Individual Differences, and Culture
Chapter 12: Evolution and Psychopathology
Chapter 13: Motivation, Emotion, and Individual Differences
Chapter 14: Culture and Evolution


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