Human Evolutionary Psychology

ISBN-10: 0691096228

ISBN-13: 9780691096223

Edition: 2002

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Description: Why do people resort to plastic surgery to look young? Why are stepchildren at greatest risk of fatal abuse? Why do we prefer gossip to algebra? Why must Dogon wives live alone in a dark hut for five days a month? Why are young children good at learning language but not sharing? Over the past decade, psychologists and behavioral ecologists have been finding answers to such seemingly unrelated questions by applying an evolutionary perspective to the study of human behavior and psychology.Human Evolutionary Psychologyis a comprehensive, balanced, and readable introduction to this burgeoning field. It combines a sophisticated understanding of the basics of evolutionary theory with a solid grasp of empirical case studies. Covering not only such traditional subjects as kin selection and mate choice, this text also examines more complex understandings of marriage practices and inheritance rules and the way in which individual action influences the structure of societies and aspects of cultural evolution. It critically assesses the value of evolutionary explanations to humans in both modern Western society and traditional preindustrial societies. And it fairly presents debates within the field, identifying areas of compatibility among sometimes competing approaches. Combining a broad scope with the more in-depth knowledge and sophisticated understanding needed to approach the primary literature, this text is the ideal introduction to the exciting and rapidly expanding study of human evolutionary psychology.

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Book details

List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Louise Barrett is Professor of Psychology and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Lethbridge. She is the author of "Baboons" and the coauthor of "Cousins", "Walking with Cavemen", "Human Evolutionary Psychology", and "Evolutionary Psychology".

Preface
Acknowledgements
The Evolutionary Approach to Human Behaviour
Natural selection
Speciation and the evolutionary processes
Asking the right questions
Reductionism vs holism
Approaches to the study of human behaviour
The problem of external validity
Human evolution
Towards a unified approach
Modern human origins
Chapter summary
Further reading
Basics of Evolutionary Theory
Individual selection and the selfish gene
Genomic imprinting
The problem of altruism
Calculating degrees of relatedness
Prisoner's dilemma
Other models of cooperation
Evolutionarily stable strategies
Parental investment and parent-offspring conflict
Sexual selection
Female choice for exaggerated male traits
Why do handicaps have to be so costly?
Chapter summary
Further reading
Cooperation Among Kin
Kin selection in humans
Rules of thumb and kin recognition
Adoption: an exception to kin selection?
Reproductive value and kin selection
Reproductive value
Kinship, homicide and child abuse
Homicide and infanticide as 'conflict assays'
Kinship and contingency
Kinship and health
Chapter summary
Further reading
Reciprocity and Sharing
Cooperation in humans: a difference in degree or kind?
Fairness
Reciprocity and information exchange
Competitive altruism
Labour exchange and bet hedging
Food sharing among hunter-gatherers
The marginal value theorem and tolerated theft
The tragedy of the commons
Are humans inherently selfish?
How 'selfish' genes lead to non-selfish people
Chapter summary
Further reading
Mate Choice and Sexual Selection
Universal principles of mate choice
Anisogamy
Lonely hearts advertisements: methodological considerations
Evolution of pairbonding
Sexually selected traits
WHR and body mass index
The problem of concealed ovulation
Conditional mate choice strategies
Courtship
Fitness consequences of mate choice
Changes in bridewealth among the Kipsigis
Chapter summary
Further reading
Life-history Constraints and Reproductive Decisions
Optimising family size
Why do humans have such large brains?
Why are human babies born so early?
Impact of offspring production on parental survival
Optimality models and stochastic dynamic programming
Are !Kung birth rates low by accident rather than design?
Scheduling reproduction
For love or money
The demographic transition
The evolution of menopause
Phenotypic correlations
Celibacy and homosexuality
Chapter summary
Further reading
Parental Investment Strategies
Conflict in the womb
Parental biases and sibling rivalry
Pregnancy sickness and parent-offspring conflict
Teaching biases and peer groups
Family environment and future reproductive strategies
Infanticide: scheduling investment
Paternity certainty and sexual jealousy
Selective infanticide and the sex ratio
Testing the Trivers-Willard hypothesis
Condition-dependent investment strategies
Chapter summary
Further reading
Marriage and Inheritance
Matrilineal vs patrilineal inheritance
Marriage and inheritance: a phylogenetic analysis
Environmental correlates of polygyny
Resource competition and lin
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