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Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind (4th Edition) Hardcover – February 28, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0205015627 ISBN-10: 020501562X Edition: 4th

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (February 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020501562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205015627
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David M. Buss received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkley in 1981. He began his career in academics at Harvard, later moving to the University of Michigan before accepting his current position as Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas. His primary research interests include human sexuality, mating strategies, conflict between the sexes, homicide, stalking, and sexual victimization. The author of more than 200 scientific articles and 6 books, Buss has won numerous awards including the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (1988), the APA G. Stanley Hall Lectureship (1990), the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Award (2001), and the Robert W. Hamilton Book Award (2000) for the first edition of Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind. He is also the editor of the first comprehensive Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (2005, Wiley). He enjoys extensive cross-cultural research collaborations and lectures widely within the United States and abroad.

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By whiteelephant on May 18, 2011
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If one reads Buss' text in a certain manner, there is a lot to say about it. It's organized by evolutionary challenge (survival, mating, parenting, group living), exploring how adaptations to each of these challenges might explain human behavior. The general approach is a survey of the literature. Thus on survival, the reader is introduced to hypotheses about the adaptive value of our taste for meat, sweetness, bitterness, spice, alcohol, how these tastes change during pregnancy, and how our attempts to gather food (e.g. hunting) shaped our species (e.g. male-female spatio-temporal differences and group dynamics). Common human phobias (e.g. spiders, heights) are explained in terms of adaptive fitness. While much of this may seem obvious, it is difficult to fault a textbook for explaining the basics of its field. Buss then introduces the evolutionary theory of senescence to answer the question 'why do people die?', and then most speculatively introduces hypotheses about the adaptive value of suicide. Again, if read in a certain way, as an overview of the literature, this book has a value. But don't expect much critical thinking from Buss. He seems predisposed to think that all human behavior is adaptive. While one can certainly imagine how suicide may help one's genetic fitness in certain instances, there is a big leap from this observation to suggesting a heritable mechanism upon which one can decide to advantageously end one's life. Given the high rate of physically healthy teen suicide, an adaptive hypothesis to explain this behavior seems farfetched.

On sex and mating, Buss reviews the psychological literature of mate preference, capably arguing that gender differences are due to evolutionary asymmetry, as opposed to competing hypotheses (e.g.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Manny on May 22, 2012
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The text I have is the second edition from 2003. Given that the field is relatively new, I suspect the newest edition has expanded a lot on the earlier ones. I give the book four stars because it is a good textbook, but Buss seems to be stretching things out to get to 30 pages in several of the chapters, even going so far as to say the same thing and cite the same studies in different chapters. It was a very easy to read text and was actually very similar to my "Animal Behavior" text by Alcock, and in fact, I would say that is a better text than this one for understanding evolutionary psychology. Again, I suspect later editions of "Evolutionary Psychology" have more human specific papers to cite than the 2003 edition (which relied heavily on animal studies), but I don't know.

Overall a decent text and highly insightful for anyone new to the field.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book Fiend on May 22, 2012
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If you are new to EvPsy, then this book is quite useful and informative. However, if you seek philosophical debates and analyses in this controversial field, you will be disappointed. I liked the book a lot because while I have read a lot on Darwinian evolution, evolutionary psychology is a a new subject for me.
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I love how this book lays out the information. It is a really interesting perspective. This field in psychology is rising and it is great to learn about this field.
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By Jeonghoon Lee on April 24, 2014
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Good quality, good reading material to help you understand the topics. I heartily recommend this book to all readers interested in evolutionary psychology.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about evolutionary psychology all in one book!
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