The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture / Edition 1

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Although researchers have long been aware that the species-typical architecture of the human mind is the product of our evolutionary history, it has only been in the last three decades that advances in such fields as evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, and paleoanthropology have made the fact of our evolution illuminating. Converging findings from a variety of disciplines are leading to the emergence of a fundamentally new view of the human mind, and with it a new framework for the behavioral and social sciences. First, with the advent of the cognitive revolution, human nature can finally be defined precisely as the set of universal, species-typical information-processing programs that operate beneath the surface of expressed cultural variability. Second, this collection of cognitive programs evolved in the Pleistocene to solve the adaptive problems regularly faced by our hunter-gatherer ancestors - problems such as mate selection, language acquisition, co-operation, and sexual infidelity. Consequently, the traditional view of the mind as a general-purpose computer, tabula rasa, or passive recipient of culture is being replaced by the view that the mind resembles an intricate network of functionally specialized computers, each of which imposes contentful structure on human mental organization and culture. The Adapted Mind explores this new approach - evolutionary psychology - and its implications for a new view of culture.
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"There are two kinds of landmark publications in science: those that open a new era, like Darwin's Origin of Species, or those that mark an important waypoint in a scientific revolution that has already begun. The Adapted Mind is an example of the latter, comprising as it does a collection of eighteen papers by twenty-five authors which sum up and illustrate much of the best of our knowledge in the field of evolutionary psychology." —Christopher Baddock, London School of Economics, ESS Newsletter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195101072
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Psychology Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 9.15 (w) x 6.12 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

University of California at Santa Barbara

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Table of Contents

Introduction, J. Tooby and L. Cosmides
PART I: Theoretical Framework
1. The Psychological Foundations of Culture, J. Tooby and L. Cosmides
2. On the Use and Misuse of Darwinism in the Study of Human Behavior, D. Symons
PART II: Cooperation
3. Cognitive Adaptations for Social Exchange, L. Cosmides and J. Tooby
4. Two Non-human Primate Models for the Evolution of Human Food-Sharing: Chimpanzees and Callitrichids, W. C. McGrew and A.T.C. Feistner
PART III: The Psychology of Mating and Sex
5. Mate Preference Mechanisms: Consequences for Partner Choice and Intrasexual Competition, D. Buss
6. The Evolution of Sexual Attraction: Evaluative Mechanisms in Women, B. Ellis
7. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Chattel, M. Wilson and M. Daly
PART IV: Parental Care and Children
8. Pregnancy Sickness as Adaptation: A Deterrent to Maternal Ingestion of Teratogens, M. Profet
9. Nurturance or Negligence: Maternal Psychology and Behavioral Preference among Preterm Twins, J. Mann
10. Human Maternal Vocalizations to Infants as Biologically Relevant Signals: An Evolutionary Perspective, A. Fernald
11. The Social Nature of Play Fighting and Play Chasing: Mechanisms and Strategies Underlying Cooperation and Compromise, M.J. Boulton and P.K. Smith
PART V: Perception and Language as Adaptations
12. Natural Language and Natural Selection, S. Pinker and P. Bloom
13. The Perceptual Organization of Colors: An Adaptation to Regularities of the Terrestrial World? R.N. Shepherd
14. Sex Differences in Spatial Abilities: Evolutionary Theory and Data, I. Silverman and M. Eals
PART VI: Environmental Aesthetics
15. Evolved Responses to Landscapes, G.H. Orians and J.H. Heerwagen
16. Environmental Preference in a Knowledge-Seeking, Knowledge Using Organism, S. Kaplan
PART VII: Intrapsychic Processes
17. The Evolution of Psychodynamic Mechanisms, R. M. Nesse and A.T. Lloyd
PART VIII: Understanding Evolutionarily New Cultural Forms
18. Beneath New Culture Is Old Psychology: Gossip, Class, and the Environment, J.H. Barkow

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