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Evolutionary Psychology (03 Edition)by Matthew Rossano
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AN ENGAGING, COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION OF EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY!
This lucid and exceptionally clear synthesis draws on experimental findings in contemporary Psychology, Primatology, Archeology, Evolutionary Biology, and Neuroscience, as well as History and Philosophy, to present a comprehensive overview of the exciting field of Evolutionary Psychology.
Landmark contributions from historical figures and key contributions from contemporary researchers are highlighted throughout. The author also underscores controversies and flashpoints with numerous citations from the scientific literature as well as a frank discussion of the critiques of the field.
WHAT YOUR COLLEAGUES HAVE TO SAY
"I know of no other book that has done such a good job of integrating knowledge from human archaeology and primatology into a text on evolutionary psychology. The writing is clear and easy to understand. Students will like this text."
—Charles Crawford, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University
"The writing style is also a pleasure to read: straightforward with a nice leavening of wit, anecdote, and colloquialism. I found the text a page turner, which is unusual in a work of this sort. The students will be drawn on by the text, rather than be bogged down in it."
—Colin Beer, D.Phil., Department of Psychology, Rutgers University
"I like the balance between the introductory material on the historical development of evolution, sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, and human evolution on the one hand, and the more detailed focus on emotions, cooperation, development, and cognition on the other hand."
—Brian Richmond, PhD, Department of Anthropology, George Washington University
Book News Annotation:
A textbook for graduate or advanced undergraduate courses focusing on the role of evolution in shaping human behavior, typically found in departments of psychology, anthropology, or biology. Students are assumed to have studied general psychology, but the elements of evolution are reviewed.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Written in a lively and engaging manner, this new work places evolutionary psychology within the broad sweep of our primate heritage and the full scope of our evolutionary story. Beginning with the basics of evolution, the book first unpacks the far-ranging saga of human evolution, then moves on to examine motor behavior and emotions, sexual behavior and mate selection, and higher cognition.
About the Author
Matthew J. Rossano received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. He is presently Professor of Psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana where he has taught courses in Evolutionary Psychology and in Cognitive Psychology for the past 10 years.
Table of Contents
Section I: Background: History and Evolution
* Explaining Human Nature
* Evolutionary Psychology: Basic Concepts
* Evolutionary Psychology: Methods and Criticisms
* Human Evolution I: Foundations
* Human Evolution II: From Hominid to Human
Section II: Action and Feeling
* The Physical Human and the Control of Movement
* The Function an Evolution of Emotions
* The Adaptive and Maladaptive Significance of Emotions
Section III: Cooperation
* The Evolution of Cooperation
* Cooperation between the Sexes I: Evolution
* Cooperation between the Sexes II: The Male Perspective
* Cooperation Between the Sexes III: The Female Perspective
Section IV: Development and Family Dynamics
* Parent/Offspring Conflicts: Prenatal and Postnatal
* Childhood Development and Family Life
Section V: Higher Cognition
* Thought and Reasoning: Comparative Approaches
* Thought and Reasoning: Evolution
* The Evolution of Language
* Right, Wrong, and a Sense of Self
Epilogue: A Moral to the Story?
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