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The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology 1st Edition

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"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)

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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. They cover 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 Psychologyis an indispensable reference tool for every evolutionary psychologist and student.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471264032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471264033
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After completing his doctorate in 1981 at the University of California, Berkeley, David Buss spent four years as Assistant Professor at Harvard University. In 1985, he migrated to the University of Michigan, where he taught for 11 years before accepting his current position at the University of Texas in 1996. His primary interests include the evolutionary psychology of human mating strategies; conflict between the sexes; prestige, status, and social reputation; the emotion of jealousy; homicide; anti-homicide defenses; and stalking.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jurij Fedorov on February 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book has it all. It has scientific explanations for every part of human life and it contains explanation for religion and a lot of examples from primitive societies. I am a psychology major, so I could follow every line of thought - maybe someone without a university degree will have a harder time understanding the text - I don't know. But for me it was a lifechanger. I have been studying psychology for 5 years, but this is probably the best psychology text I have read. A classic. Just wonderfull. And I really hope that Buss will release a new edition. I would be the first one to buy it!
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Henrik from Sweden on September 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have read one other book on evolutionary psychology, Race, evoution and behaviour by Phillipe Rushton, and I think this book by Buss leaves out some very interesting and relevant information on differences between subpopulations within the human species due to political correctness. On the subject of differences, the book by Buss says on page 168:

"Across the globe, human bodies are, in their functional organization, virtually identical. People in every population have hearts, lungs and livers, and they all work the same way. A panhuman anatomy is a solid empirical fact. EP proposes that the same evoutionary processes that leads to a panhuman anatomy also lead to a panhuman psychology."

According to Rushton the level of male investment in their offspring as well as well as many other behaviours differ significantly between the three major groups of humans, caucasians, mongoloids and the subsaharan population. After reading Rushtons book it is disturbing that Buss with cowriters are pretending, throughout the book, that there are no significant difference between distinct ethnic groups of humans.

Because of this political correctness I can only give the book three stars.
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11 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Econ Professor on September 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think that David Buss has assembled a cohesive and thorough overview of evolutionary psychology. This book offers an in depth examination of the standard topics. I believe that this area of psychology will benefit scholars in the social sciences a great deal in the future, as it will lend some substantial connection to the life sciences. I would also recommend Barret,Dunbar, and Lycett.
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5 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dean M. Brohman on July 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Well, it's here. This is exciting stuff. If you don't find it exciting it's possible that you are unconcious.
It actually is a relief to me that so much of this is considered controversial or fringe, which is so absurd. perhaps there's a conspiracy by creationists/intelligent designists to select evolutionists as their advanced life forms. I want to be carful not to miss anyone who 400 years after Galleleo's trial, decides now that he still needs forgiveness.
We are truely at the threshold of a brave new world.
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