Evolutionary Forensic Psychology

Hardcover | September 3, 2008

EditorJoshua Duntley, Todd K. Shackelford

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The field of forensic psychology explores the intersection of psychology and the law. The purpose of this book is to examine topics in the field using the powerful, multidisciplinary, conceptually integrated approach that the natural sciences have embraced for decades with great success. Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is the meta-theoretical framework that unifies the field of biology. It unites research and understanding of the development, control, and organization of behavior. The study of humans, which includes all of the social sciences, is part of the fieldof biology. Darwin's theory provides a powerful meta-theoretical framework that can unify and energize forensic psychology, just as it has the biological sciences. Evolutionary processes undoubtedly shaped physiological characteristics to help solve problems of survival and reproduction. The lungs, for example, with their vast surface area and moist membranes are marvelous adaptions for extracting oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. Natural selection is theonly known process capable of shaping complex functional mechanisms. Just as it shaped physiological adaptations with specific problem-solving functions, it also shaped our thoughts and emotions to guide behaviors toward solving recurrent problems of survival and reproduction. With this logic, wecan use knowledge of ancestral problems to guide our understanding of how the mind works.Evolutionary Forensic Psychology is a necessary step toward a unified and complete understanding of psychology and the law. It recognizes that crimes such as murder, non-lethal violence, rape, and theft are manifestations of evolutionarily recurrent selection when they gave individuals an advantagein competition for resources. Each of the chapters that comprise this volume has been selected to provide the first unified examination of important research contributions and future directions of Evolutionary Forensic Psychology.

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The field of forensic psychology explores the intersection of psychology and the law. The purpose of this book is to examine topics in the field using the powerful, multidisciplinary, conceptually integrated approach that the natural sciences have embraced for decades with great success. Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selectio...

Joshua Duntley is Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Todd K. Shackelford is Professor of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:September 3, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction and Overview1. Joshua Duntley and Todd Shackelford: Evolutionary Forensic Psychology2. Anthony Walsh and Kevin Beaver: The Promise of Evolutionary Psychology for Criminology: The Examples of Gender and AgePart II: Adaptation and Violent Crimes3. Joshua Duntley and David Buss: The Origins of Homicide4. Aaron Goetz, Todd Shackelford, Valerie G. Starratt, and William F. McKibbin: Intimate Partner ViolencePart III: Adaptation and Sex Crimes5. Kingsley Browne: The Evolutionary Psychology of Sexual Harassment6. William McKibbin, Valerie Starratt, and Todd Shackelford: Evolutionary Psychological Perspectives on Rape7. Catherine Salmon: The World's Oldest Profession: Evolutionary Insights into ProstitutionPart IV: Adaptation and the Production of Criminal Behavior8. Sandeep Mishra and Martin Lalumiere: Risk Taking, , Antisocial Behavior, and Life Histories9. Satoshi Kanazawa: Theft10. Martin Lalumiere, Sandeep Mishra, and Grant T. Harris: In Cold Blood: The Evolution of PsychopathyPart V: Victims of Crime11. Joshua Duntley and Todd Shackelford: Victim Adaptations12. Dennis Krebs: The Evolution of a Sense of JusticePart VI: Applications and Futre Directions13. Lee Ellis: Reducing Crime Evolutionarily14. Andy Thomson: Did the Victim Deserve to Die? Darwin Goes to Court