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The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology

David M. Buss (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-26403-3
1056 pages
July 2005
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The foundations of practice and the most recent discoveries in theintriguing newfield of evolutionary psychology

Why is the mind designed the way it is? How does input from the environment interact with the mind to produce behavior? By taking aim at such questions, the science of evolutionary psychology has emerged as a vibrant new discipline producing groundbreaking insights. In The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, leading contributors discuss the foundations of the field as well as recent discoveries currently shaping this burgeoning area of psychology.

Guided by an editorial board made up of such luminaries as Leda Cosmides, John Tooby, Don Symons, Steve Pinker, Martin Daly, Margo Wilson, and Helena Cronin, the text's chapters delve into a comprehensive range of topics, covering the full range of the discipline:

  • Foundations of evolutionary psychology
  • Survival
  • Mating
  • Parenting and kinship
  • Group living
  • Interfaces with traditional disciplines of evolutionary psychology
  • And interfaces across disciplines.
In addition to an in-depth survey of the theory and practice of evolutionary psychology, the text also features an enlightening discussion of this discipline in the context of the law, medicine, and culture. An Afterword by Richard Dawkins provides some final thoughts from the renowned writer and exponent of evolutionary theory. Designed to set the standard for handbooks in the field, The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology is an indispensable reference tool for every evolutionary psychologist and student.
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Table of Contents

Foreword (Steven Pinker).



Introduction: The Emergence of Evolutionary Psychology (David M. Buss).


1. Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology (John Tooby and Leda Cosmides).

2. Life History Theory and Evolutionary Psychology (Hillard S. Kaplan and Steven W. Gangestad).

3. Domain Specificity and Intuitive Ontology (Pascal Boyer and H. Clark Barrett).

4. Methods of Evolutionary Sciences (Jeffry A. Simpson and Lorne Campbell).

5. Controversial Issues in Evolutionary Psychology (Edward H. Hagen).

PART II: SURVIVAL (David M. Buss).

6. Locating Places (Irwin Silverman and Jean Choi).

7. Adaptations to Predators and Prey (H. Clark Barrett).

8. Adaptations to Dangers from Humans (Joshua D. Duntley).

PART III: MATING (David M. Buss).

Adaptationism and Human Mating Psychology (Donald Symons).

9. Fundamentals of Human Mating Strategies (David P. Schmitt).

10. Physical Attractiveness in Adaptationist Perspective (Lawrence S. Sugiyama).

11. Adaptations to Ovulation (Steven W. Gangestad, Randy Thornhill, and Christine E. Garver-Apgar).

12. Female Infidelity and Sperm Competition (Todd K. Shackelford, Nicholas Pound, Aaron T. Goetz, and Craig W. LaMunyon).

13. Sexual Coercion (Neil M. Malamuth, Mark Huppin, and Bryant Paul).

14. Commitment, Love, and Mate Retention (Lorne Campbell and Bruce J. Ellis).

PART IV: PARENTING AND KINSHIP (Martin Daly and Margo Wilson).

15. Cooperation and Conflict among Kin (Jeffrey A. Kurland and Steven J. C. Gaulin).

16. Evolution of Paternal Investment (David C. Geary).

17. Parental Investment and Parent-Offspring Conflict (Catherine Salmon).

18. Altruism and Genetic Relatedness (Eugene Burnstein).

19. Hormones and the Human Family (Mark V. Flinn, Carol V. Ward, and Robert J. Noone).


20. Neurocognitive Adaptations Designed for Social Exchange (Leda Cosmides and John Tooby).

21. Aggression (Anne Campbell).

22. Managing Ingroup and Outgroup Relationships (Robert Kurzban and Steven Neuberg).

23. Dominance, Status, and Social Hierarchies (Denise Cummins).

24. The Evolution of Language (Peter F. MacNeilage and Barbara L. Davis).

25. The Evolution of Cognitive Bias (Martie G. Haselton, Daniel Nettle, and Paul W. Andrews).

26. The Evolution of Morality (Dennis Krebs).


27. Evolutionary Cognitive Psychology (Peter M. Todd, Ralph Hertwig, and Ulrich Hoffrage).

28. Evolutionary Social Psychology (Douglas T. Kenrick, Jon K. Maner, and Norman P. Li).

29. Evolutionary Developmental Psychology (David F. Bjorklund and Carlos Hernández Blasi).

30. Evolutionary Personality Psychology (Aurelio José Figueredo, Jon A. Sefcek, Geneva Vasquez, Barbara H. Brumbach, James E. King, and W. Jake Jacobs).

31. Biological Function and Dysfunction (Jerome C. Wakefield).

32 Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Health (Randolph M. Nesse).


33. Literature and Evolutionary Psychology (Joseph Carroll).

34. Evolutionary Psychology and the Law (Owen D. Jones).

Afterword (Richard Dawkins).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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Author Information

David M. Buss has taught at Harvard University, University of Michigan, and the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently Professor of Evolutionary Psychology.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Includes coverage of the most recent discoveries and controversies in the field of evolutionary psychology.
  • Final section on special applications of evolutionary psychology including:  law, medicine, and culture.
  • Special Foreword by Steven Pinker; Afterword by Richard Dawkins; essays by Donald Symons, Martin Daly, Margo Wilson, Leda Cosmides, and John Tooby.
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"Highly Recommended!" (Choice, September 2006)

" … all university libraries catering for the broad range of the behavioural sciences should certainly consider acquiring copies for their lending stock." (Reference Reviews, April 2006)

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