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Essential Evolutionary Psychology / Edition 1

Essential Evolutionary Psychology / Edition 1

by Simon J Hampton
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Essential Evolutionary Psychology introduces students to the core theories, approaches, and findings that are the necessary foundations for developing an understanding of evolutionary psychology. It offers a sound, brief, and student friendly explication of how evolutionary theory has been and is applied in psychology. The book unpicks the very essence of human evolution, and how this knowledge is used to give evolutionary accounts of four of the central pillars of human behavior - cooperation, attraction, aggression, and family formation. It also covers evolutionary accounts of abnormal behavior, language and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412935852
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/20/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

List of Tables x

List of Boxes xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xix

Publisher's Acknowledgements xxi

1 Darwin's argument and three problems: heritability, sexual selection and altruism 1

2 Evolutionary approaches to thought and behaviour 16

3 The natural history of humans 37

4 Brains, minds and consciousness 57

5 Cooperation and interdependence 81

6 Families and parenting 96

7 Mate selection 114

8 Competition, aggression and violence 129

9 Evolution and language 145

10 Evolution and abnormal psychology 162

11 Evolution and culture 179

12 Some problems with evolutionary approaches 195

Glossary 211

References 231

Index 252

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