Applied Evolutionary Psychology

Hardcover | December 24, 2011

EditorS. Craig Roberts

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Human behaviour is marvellous in its complexity, variability and unpredictability. Understanding it, however, is not solely the role of psychologists: everyone has a vested interest in it, from individuals to organisations and industry. Recently, biologists and psychologists have hadconsiderable success incorporating insights from evolutionary theory to help them understand some fundamental psychological issues, in a discipline now known as evolutionary psychology. However, to date, these useful insights have not been widely applied to tackle specific practical problems orissues in society. This innovative new book kick-starts this process. It provides a foundation for an incipient focus on applications of evolutionary research. It draws together a collection of renowned academics from a disparate set of fields, whose common interest lies in using evolutionary thinking to inform theirresearch. Topics range from reviews of evolutionary perspectives on adult and family relationships, insights into business, economics and marketing, health and interactions with technology and the media, through to major global and societal issues such as promoting green behaviour, cooperation, andpublic health, and tackling crime, terrorism, and prejudice. No other book has focused as specifically and with such broad scope on the applications of modern evolutionary psychology. While the rapidly growing number of books on evolutionary psychology succeed in describing current theoretical thinking, illustrated and supported by empirical studies, thisbook uses this established basis as a backdrop and starting point for a more focused exploration of practical application. This groundbreaking book will be valuable for students and researchers in evolutionary and applied psychology, as well as biology and anthropology.

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Human behaviour is marvellous in its complexity, variability and unpredictability. Understanding it, however, is not solely the role of psychologists: everyone has a vested interest in it, from individuals to organisations and industry. Recently, biologists and psychologists have hadconsiderable success incorporating insights from evol...

S. Craig Roberts works in the Department of Psychology University of Stirling, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:December 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. S. Craig Roberts: Applying evolutionary psychologyBusiness2. Paul H. Rubin and C. Monica Capra: The evolutionary psychology of economics3. Paul H. Rubin and C. Monica Capra: The evolution of business and management4. Abraham P. Buunk and Pieternel Dijkstra: The social animal within organizationsFamily5. David F. Bjorklund and Patrick Douglas Sellers II: The evolved child: adapted to family life6. David C. Geary: Application of evolutionary psychology to academic learning7. Helen E. Fisher: Serial monogamy and clandestine adultery: evolution and consequences of the dual human reproductive strategySociety8. Michael Bang Petersen: The evolutionary psychology of mass politics9. Bobbi S. Low: Gender equity issues in evolutionary perspective10. Pat Barclay: The evolution of charitable behaviour and the power of reputation11. Wendy Iredale and Mark van Vugt: Altruism as showing off: a signaling perspective on promoting green behaviour and acts of kindness12. Justin H. Park: Evolutionary perspectives on intergroup prejudice: implications for promoting tolerance13. Aurelio Figueredo, Paul Robert Gladden, and Zachary Hohman: The evolutionary psychology of criminal behaviour14. Scott Atran: War, martyrdom, and terror: evolutionary underpinnings of the moral imperative to extreme group violence15. David J Herring: Evolutionary theory and behavioural biology research: implications for lawHealth16. Valerie Curtis and Robert Aunger: Motivational mismatch: evolved motives as the source of - and solution to - global public health problems17. Alfonso Troisi: Mental health and wellbeing: clinical applications of Darwinian psychiatry18. Diana Wiedemann, Robert A. Barton, and Russell A. Hill: Evolutionary perspectives on sport and competitionMarketing and Communication19. Vladas Griskevicius, Joshua M. Ackerman, and Joseph P. Redden: Why we buy: evolution, marketing, and consumer behaviour20. S Craig Roberts and Jan Havlicek: Evolutionary psychology and perfume design21. Charlotte De Backer: Television programming and the audience22. Maria Elizabeth Grabe: News as reality-inducing, survival-relevant, and gender-specific stimuliTechnology23. Ned Kock: Media naturalness theory: human evolution and behaviour toward electronic communication technologies24. David L. Wiesenthal and Deanna M. Singhal: Evolutionary psychology, demography and driver safety research: a theoretical synthesis25. Dylan Evans and Walter de Back: Evolutionary robotics