Evolutionary Psychology The New Science of the Mind

ISBN-10: 0205193587
ISBN-13: 9780205193585
Edition: 1999
Authors: David M. Buss
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List price: $69.80
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/23/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 456
Size: 7.24" wide x 9.53" long x 1.02" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Evolutionary psychology is a new and revolutionary science, rapidly growing in scientific practice and media attention. David Buss, a leading researcher in the field, has written the first comprehensive text on the subject, introducing students to a new perspective on the fascinating puzzles of human nature. Composed of cutting-edge research and featuring an engaging writing style, the author offers compelling scientific answers to the profound human questions of love and work. Beginning with a historical introduction, the text logically progresses by discussing adaptive problems that humans face, and ends with a unifying chapter showing how the new field of evolutionary psychology encompasses all branches of psychology. Each chapter is alive with the subjects that most occupy our minds: sex, mating, getting along, getting ahead, friends, enemies, and social hierarchies. Why is child abuse 40 times more prevalent among step-families than biologically intact families? According to one study, why did 75% of men but 0% of women consent to have sex with a complete stranger? Buss explores these intriguing quandaries with his vision of psychology in the new millennium as a new science of the mind.

Every chapter concludes with Summary
Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology
The Scientific Movements Leading to Evolutionary Psychology
Landmarks in the History of Evolutionary Psychology
Common Misunderstandings about Evolutionary Theory
Landmarks in the Field of Psychology
The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
The Origins of Human Nature
The Core of Human Nature: Fundamentals of Evolved Psychological Mechanisms
Methods for Testing Evolutionary Hypotheses
Sources of Data for Testing Evolutionary Hypotheses
Identifying Adaptive Problems
Problems of Survival
Combating the Hostile Forces of Nature: Human Survival Problems
Food Acquisition and Selection
Finding a Place to Live: Shelter and Landscape Preferences
Combating Predators and other Environmental Dangers: Fears, Phobias, Anxieties, and Evolutionary Memories
Are Humans Programmed to Die?
Challenges of Sex and Mating
Women's Long-Term Mating Strategies
Theoretical Background for the Evolution of Mate Preferences
The Content of Women's Mate Preferences
Context Effects of Women's Preferences
How Women's Mate Preferences Affect Actual Mating Behavior
Men's Long-Term Mating Strategies
Theoretical Background for the Evolution of Men's Mate Preferences
The Content of Men's Mate Preferences
Context Effects on Men's Mating Behavior
Effect of Men's Mate Preferences on Actual Mating Behavior
Short-Term Sexual Strategies
Theories of Men's Short-Term Mating
Evidence for an Evolved Short-Term Mating Psychology
Women's Short-Term Mating
Context Effects on Short-Term Mating
Challenges of Parenting and Kinship
Problems of Parenting
Why Do Mothers Provide More Parental Care Than Fathers?
An Evolutionary Perspective on Parental Care
The Theory of Parent-Offspring Conflict
Problems of Kinship
Theory and Implications of Inclusive Fitness
Empirical Findings that Support the Implications of Inclusive Fitness Theory
Problems of Group Living
Cooperative Alliances
The Evolution of Cooperation
Examples of Cooperation in Nature
Aggression and Warfare
The Demise of Instinct Theory
Aggression as a Solution to Adaptive Problems
Why Are Men More Violently Aggressive Than Women?
Empirical Evidence for Distinct Adaptive Patterns of Aggression
Conflict between the Sexes
Strategic Interference Theory
Conflict about the Occurrence and Timing of Sex
Jealous Conflict
From Vigilance to Violence: Tactics of Mate Retention
Conflict over Access to Resources
Status, Prestige, and Social Dominance
The Emergence of Dominance Hierarchies
Dominance and Status in Non-Human Animals
Evolutionary Theories of Dominance and Status
An Integrated Psychological Science
Toward a Unified Evolutionary Psychology
Evolutionary Cognitive Psychology
Evolutionary Social Psychology
Evolutionary Developmental Psychology
Evolutionary Personality Psychology
Evolutionary Clinical Psychology
Evolutionary Cultural Psychology
Toward a Unified Psychology

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