Evolutionary Psychology: An Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 19, 2008 - Psychology - 503 pages
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Evolutionary psychology starts from the premise that the human brain is the product of natural selection; therefore, by adopting an evolutionary stance, we might come to better understand the mind and behaviour. The second edition of this highly acclaimed textbook gives an introduction to the fascinating science of evolutionary psychology covering its history, from the Ancient Greeks to the present day, and discusses how evolution can illuminate many of the topics taught in psychology departments. This new edition, now in 2 colour, includes an additional chapter on 'Evolution and Individual Differences' which discusses how evolution might account for differences in personality and intelligence. With an engaging style and user-friendly format featuring end-of-chapter summaries, critical thinking questions and guides to further reading, this is a stand-alone textbook for undergraduates studying evolutionary psychology.

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Popular science books on evolutionary psychology, especially those by Pinker, are great for convincing lay people of the value of evolutionary psychology. However, if you want to really understand EP ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Lance Workman is Head of Psychology at Bath Spa University. His research interests include the lateralization of brain function in relation to language, emotion and depression within an evolutionary framework. He has also conducted a number of field projects on bird behaviour.

Will Reader is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests are concerned with exploring the relationship between evolutionary theory and technology and he is currently researching the social use of technology.

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