Evolution and Genetics for Psychology by Daniel NettleEvolution and Genetics for Psychology by Daniel Nettle

Evolution and Genetics for Psychology

byDaniel Nettle

Paperback | July 6, 2009

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Evolutionary theory is driving forward our understanding of human behaviour like never before. Yet, many of us lack a firm grasp of the basics of the theory of evolution - a clear picture of what evolution is, and how and why it operates. But such clarity is essential if we are to fullyunderstand and explore the fascinating behavioural questions that lie before us.Evolution and Genetics for Psychology lays out the conceptual toolkit one needs in order to think in evolutionary terms - and to apply this thinking to any subject. With the toolkit firmly in place, it goes on to show how these key concepts are applied to issues of human behaviour, from sex tosocial relationships, to learning.Evolution and Genetics for Psychology does not set out to teach evolutionary psychology or behavioural genetics, but explores the key fundamental principles on which such disciplines are based. If you need to understand what heritability really means, what the difference is between a gene and anallele, or whether evolutionary and social explanations are compatible, this book is the survival guide you need.Online Resource CentreThe Online Resource Centre to accompany Evolution and Genetics for Psychology featuresFor registered adopters of the text:Figures from the book in electronic form, ready to downloadA test bank of questions, with feedback linked to the book, for both formative and summative assessmentFor students:Topical updates: the latest on key topics covered in the bookAnswers to end of chapter questions
Daniel Nettle is a Reader in Psychology in the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution at Newcastle University, with a special interest in how evolutionary theory can illuminate contemporary human behaviour and cognition.
Title:Evolution and Genetics for PsychologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.02 inPublished:July 6, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199231516

ISBN - 13:9780199231515


Table of Contents

1. The Significance of Darwinism1.1 What problems does the theory of evolution solve?1.2 Evolution by natural selection in a nutshell1.3 Incorporating genetics: The modern synthesis1.4 Common objections and misunderstandings1.5 ummary, Taking it Further, and Questions2. Variation2.1 The phenotype2.2 The genotype2.3 Genetic variation2.4 From genotype to phenotype2.5 Summary, Taking it Further, and Questions3. Heredity3.1 Inheritance does not work by blending3.2 Mendelian genetics3.3 Quantitative Genetics3.4 Heritability and natural selection3.5 Summary, Taking it Further, and Questions4. Competition4.1 Malthus: Checks on reproduction and competition to reproduce4.2 Natural selection at the genotypic level4.3 Group selection4.4 Kin selection4.5 Advanced topics: Evolutionary transitions, levels of selection, and intra-genomic conflict4.6 Summary, Taking it Further, and Questions5. Natural Selection5.1 Modes of selection5.2 Selection and variation5.3 Selection and adaptation5.4 Constraints on optimality5.5 How to test adaptationist hypotheses5.6 Getting natural selection clear5.7 Summary, Taking it Further, and Questions6. Sex6.1 The diversity of reproduction in nature6.2 Why have any sex at all?6.3 The evolution of anisogamy6.4 Sex differences6.5 Pluralism in sexual strategies6.6 Sexual selection and mate choice in humans6.7 Summary, Taking it Further, and Questions7. Life Histories7.1 When to die: The evolution of life span7.2 When to breed: The evolution of reproductive strategies7.3 Parental care7.4 Grandparental care7.5 Summary, Taking it Further, and Questions8. Social Life8.1 Why live in groups?8.2 Types of groups8.3 Consequences of group living8.4 Human groups in comparative perspective8.5 Cooperation8.6 Summary, Taking it Further, and Questions9. Plasticity and Learning9.1 Conditions for the evolution of phenotypic plasticity9.2 Developmental induction9.3 Imprinting9.4 Associative learning9.5 Social learning9.6 Learning and adaptation9.7 Summary, Taking it Further, and Questions10. Our Place in Nature10.1 Reconstructing the tree of life10.2 Humans as primates10.3 What makes humans different?10.4 Summary, Taking it Further, and Questions11. Evolution and Contemporary Life11.1 Human evolution is still going on11.2 Evolution leaves a legacy11.3 The place of evolutionary theory in the explanation of current behaviour11.4 How should cross-cultural variation be explained?11.5 How much of our behaviour is adaptive?GlossaryReferences

Editorial Reviews

"I think that the book is written in an astonishingly clear way that indicates a great deal of thought has gone into writing it. It further indicates that Nettle is entirely on top of his discipline as he has the facility to make complex and technical matters easy to digest." --Tom Dickins, UEL