Evolutionary Psychology: A Critical Introduction by Viren SwamiEvolutionary Psychology: A Critical Introduction by Viren Swami

Evolutionary Psychology: A Critical Introduction

EditorViren Swami

Paperback | February 14, 2011

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The last decade has witnessed a dramatic change in our understanding of the way in which the mind operates and the reasons behind a myriad of human behaviours.  The traditional idea that nurture trumps nature in explanations of human behaviour has been supplanted by evolutionary psychological explanations, which posit that human beings share evolved mental architectures that govern their behaviour.  Evolutionary Psychology brings together seminal work from key scholars in the field and explores the ways in which evolutionary psychological research can illuminate our understanding of human behaviours and nature.

Evolutionary Psychology provides a thorough introduction to evolutionary approaches to psychology, covering topics on:

  • Applications of evolutionary theory to psychology
  • The evolution of cognition and how it interacts with culture
  • Cooperation
  • Physical attraction, mate choice and sexual selection
  • Life history theory
  • Parenting and families
  • Personality and individual differences
  • Social cognition and psychoses
  • The future of evolutionary psychology

Written to support undergraduates and masters students studying Evolutionary Psychology and Biological Psychology, this book critically evaluates the extant literature while maintaining the need for evolutionary psychologies. 

Viren Swami trained as an evolutionary psychologist, and for his doctorate examined the roles that body shape and weight play in judgements of physical attractiveness across cultures. Viren’s current research in the area focuses on the influence of evolution, culture, and individual psychology on perceptions of human beauty, and his wo...
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Title:Evolutionary Psychology: A Critical IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:388 pages, 9.5 × 7.1 × 0.7 inPublished:February 14, 2011Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1405191228

ISBN - 13:9781405191227

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Evolutionary Approaches to Behaviour.

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Cognition.

Chapter 3: Cooperation as a Classic Problem in Behavioural Biology.

Chapter 4: Mate Choice and Sexual Selection.

Chapter 5: The Evolutionary Psychology of Human Beauty.

Chapter 6: Life History Theory and Human Reproductive Behaviour.

Chapter 7: Parenting and Families.

Chapter 8: Personality and Individual Differences.

Chapter 9: Social Cognition and Psychoses: The Imprinted Brain Theory.

Chapter 10: Interactions Between Cognition and Culture.

Chapter 11: The Future of Evolutionary Psychology.