Print this page Share

The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology

David M. Buss (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-26403-3
1056 pages
July 2005
The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (0471264032) cover image


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.
See More

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Steven Pinker

Acknowledgments xvii

Contributors xix

Introduction: The Emergence of Evolutionary Psychology xxiii
David M. Buss

David M. Buss

1 Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology 5
John Tooby and Leda Cosmides

2 Life History Theory and Evolutionary Psychology 68
Hillard S. Kaplan and Steven W. Gangestad

3 Domain Specificity and Intuitive Ontology 96
Pascal Boyer and H. Clark Barrett

4 Methods of Evolutionary Sciences 119
Jeffry A. Simpson and Lorne Campbell

5 Controversial Issues in Evolutionary Psychology 145
Edward H. Hagen

David M. Buss

6 Locating Places 177
Irwin Silverman and Jean Choi

7 Adaptations to Predators and Prey 200
H. Clark Barrett

8 Adaptations to Dangers from Humans 224
Joshua D. Duntley

David M. Buss

Adaptationism and Human Mating Psychology 255
Donald Symons

9 Fundamentals of Human Mating Strategies 258
David P. Schmitt

10 Physical Attractiveness in Adaptationist Perspective 292
Lawrence S. Sugiyama

11 Adaptations to Ovulation 344
Steven W. Gangestad, Randy Thornhill, and Christine E. Garver-Apgar

12 Female Infidelity and Sperm Competition 372
Todd K. Shackelford, Nicholas Pound, Aaron T. Goetz, and Craig W. LaMunyon

13 Sexual Coercion 394
Neil M. Malamuth, Mark Huppin, and Bryant Paul

14 Commitment, Love, and Mate Retention 419
Lorne Campbell and Bruce J. Ellis

Martin Daly and Margo Wilson

15 Cooperation and Conflict among Kin 447
Jeffrey A. Kurland and Steven J. C. Gaulin

16 Evolution of Paternal Investment 483
David C. Geary

17 Parental Investment and Parent-Offspring Conflict 506
Catherine Salmon

18 Altruism and Genetic Relatedness 528
Eugene Burnstein

19 Hormones and the Human Family 552
Mark V. Flinn, Carol V. Ward, and Robert J. Noone

David M. Buss

20 Neurocognitive Adaptations Designed for Social Exchange 584
Leda Cosmides and John Tooby

21 Aggression 628
Anne Campbell

22 Managing Ingroup and Outgroup Relationships 653
Robert Kurzban and Steven Neuberg

23 Dominance, Status, and Social Hierarchies 676
Denise Cummins

24 The Evolution of Language 698
Peter F. MacNeilage and Barbara L. Davis

25 The Evolution of Cognitive Bias 724
Martie G. Haselton, Daniel Nettle, and Paul W. Andrews

26 The Evolution of Morality 747
Dennis Krebs

David M. Buss

27 Evolutionary Cognitive Psychology 776
Peter M. Todd, Ralph Hertwig, and Ulrich Hoffrage

28 Evolutionary Social Psychology 803
Douglas T. Kenrick, Jon K. Maner, and Norman P. Li

29 Evolutionary Developmental Psychology 828
David F. Bjorklund and Carlos Hernández Blasi

30 Evolutionary Personality Psychology 851
Aurelio José Figueredo, Jon A. Sefcek, Geneva Vasquez, Barbara H. Brumbach, James E. King, and W. Jake Jacobs

31 Biological Function and Dysfunction 878
Jerome C. Wakefield

32 Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Health 903
Randolph M. Nesse

David M. Buss

33 Literature and Evolutionary Psychology 931
Joseph Carroll

34 Evolutionary Psychology and the Law 953
Owen D. Jones

Afterword 975
Richard Dawkins

Author Index 981

Subject Index 1009

See More

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.
See More

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.
See More


"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)

See More

Buy Both and Save 25%!


The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (US $185.00)

-and- Church of Lies (US $14.95)

Total List Price: US $199.95
Discounted Price: US $149.96 (Save: US $49.99)

Buy Both
Cannot be combined with any other offers. Learn more.
Back to Top