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Evolutionary Psychology


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1. Introduction to evolutionary psychology; 2. Mechanisms of evolutionary change; 3. Sexual selection; 4. The evolution of human mate choice; 5. Cognitive development and the innateness issue; 6. Social development; 7. The evolutionary psychology of social behaviour - kin relationships and conflict; 8. The evolutionary psychology of social behaviour - reciprocity and group behaviour; 9. Evolution, thought and cognition; 10. The evolution of language; 11. The evolution of emotion; 12. Evolutionary psychopathology and Darwinian medicine; 13. Evolution and individual differences; 14. Evolutionary psychology and culture.

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Third edition of the classic undergraduate psychology textbook, entirely updated to combine traditional and cutting-edge research and additional pedagogical features.

About the Author

Lance Workman is Honorary Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Glamorgan. Will Reader is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University.


'Workman and Reader is a refreshing book in the growing stack of textbooks in evolutionary psychology. Especially from a theoretical perspective it stands out, because it does not present the field as the closed theoretical system one finds in most classic textbooks on the topic. Rather it presents evolutionary psychology as a multifaceted approach to human behaviour; surveying known empirical research and accepted theories while critically speculating about unknown territory. Consequently, the book covers more territory than usually is the case, venturing into parts of developmental, cognitive and social psychology that most other textbooks evade. Together with its accessible style and presentation, this makes Workman and Reader almost an introduction in psychology from an evolutionary perspective, rather than just an introduction in evolutionary psychology; and that is an admirable feat.' Jannes Eshuis, Open University of the Netherlands
'In this third edition to Evolutionary Psychology, Lance Workman and Will Reader clearly explain the essential links among evolutionary principles and behavior. We are indebted to the authors for a thoughtful presentation of this developing area of study and for a unique historical and comparative approach. Students and professionals will benefit.' Del Thiessen, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Austin

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