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Characterizing Human Psychological Adaptations

Characterizing Human Psychological Adaptations

Gregory R. Bock (Editor), Gail Cardew (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-51537-2 September 2007 304 Pages


This book contains chapters by some of the leading figures in the field of evolutionary psychology. The latest data are presented on evolutionary theories in perception, information, various aspects of social behaviour, language, learning and aggression. A common theme running through the printed discussions in this book is the important problem of how we can develop and test rigorous characterizations of evolved mental adaptations.
Partial table of contents:

The Concept of an Evolved Adaptation (R. Thornhill).

Evolutionary Conflicts and Adapted Psychologies (A. Møller).

Mate Choice: From Sexual Cues to Cognitive Adaptations (G. Miller).

Tinkering with Minds from the Past (M. Hauser).

Language as a Psychological Adaptation (S. Pinker).

Cross-Species Comparisons (D. Sherry).

Evolution and Human Choice Over Time (A. Rogers).

Relationship-Specific Social Psychological Adaptations (M. Wilson & M. Daly).

Bird Song Learning as an Adaptive Strategy (M. Beecher, et al.).

Final General Discussion.