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Evolutionary Psychology [Hardcover]

Steven J. C. Gaulin , Donald H. McBurney
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25 July 2003 0131115294 978-0131115293 2

For the Evolutionary Psychology course. Could also be used in Human Evolution, Sociobiology, and certain Anthropology courses on the origins of human behavior.

The second edition of Evolutionary Psychology is the only text on the market that shows the relevance of evolutionary thinking to the entire range of psychological phenomena, and it does so at a level appropriate for students new to the field. The authors—representing the disciplines of both psychology and anthropology—present their material in the manner similar to a traditional introductory text: they first provide the foundation for understanding the fundamentals of modern evolutionary theory; then systematically apply this theory to learning, cognition, perception, emotion, development, pathology, and more. Each chapter deals with the particular topic by illustrating how an evolutionary approach illuminates behavior as a response to problems faced by humans in our evolutionary past.


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (25 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131115294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131115293
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 17.3 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 831,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In its first edition, Evolutionary Psychology: The Science of the Mind was the premier and original text for the burgeoning field of evolutionary psychology. David Buss, one of the foremost researchers in the field, has thoroughly revised his already enormously successful text to provide an even more comprehensive overview of this dynamic field. Using cutting-edge research and an engaging writing style, the Second Edition of Evolutionary Psychologyensures that your students will master the material presented.

Highlights of the Second Edition:

  • Offers a logical progression of topics by discussing adaptive problems that humans face.
  • Integrates additional material on cognition and language throughout the text.
  • Includes stories, media and cultural examples and illustrations, and applications to the personal lives of students.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 17 Mar 2011
By Jaure
Format:Hardcover
This book was part of the literature to a course in Evolutionary Psychology I had some time ago, so I naturally bought to be able to study well for the exam.

To my surprise the book was actually easy to read and understand, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's actually one of the few course literature books I was able to read through with ease and did not have to force myself to finish, though some other people in the course found it difficult, so I suppose it could come down to taste or what books one is used to read.

The book brings up the many aspects of Evolutionary Psychology and explains them well in a methodical manner but with hints of humour every now and then; they address many subjects, from the basis for our behaviour regarding relationships and sex to the possible explanations for depression and schizophrenia.
Evolutionary Psychology has some problems, mostly grounded in their misunderstandning of evolution and ideas about the modularity of the brain I think, though it is an attempt at making psychological theories consistent with what we know from biology which is much needed.

The book in itself is a good read even though one will question some of the conclusions the authors make, but it is a good representation of the views within Evolutionary Psychology as I see it.
Even though you might not study this area academically you might still find this book interesting to read if you're interested in an introduction to Evolutionary Psychology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro 6 Sep 2009
By J. Haberstroh - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fantastic. It clearly states what hypotheses are made by evolutionary psychology and gets past the endless drivel of arguments against ev psych from people who do not have a clear understanding of the topic. It's a fun easy read, too. A few of the chapters are a bit lacking, mostly because ev psych has very little to say about the topics, however, the ones most pertinent make up for that fact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read but enlightening! 2 April 2013
By Mario Pagan - Published on Amazon.com
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Because the content is something as elaborate as Evolutionary Psychology, the book is filled with complex words and paradigms, however, once the content is ingested into the mind, there is ample supplemental information to pass any course!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave your house until you read this! 4 July 2008
By book reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fantastic. It will change your dating life, your family life and your view of the world. It explains everything we do and why. As a psychology and criminology major, it has change how I will pursue my career. You really should read this.
As a note, if you attend UAlbany, the Dr and grad student that teach this class are not recommended even on your best day. They are terrible. The information in this book however, is priceless.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the clearest book about Evolutionary Psychology 9 Feb 2007
By J. S. Boster - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the clearest, smartest introduction to the field of evolutionary psychology that exists. Gaulin succinctly, clearly, and brilliantly provides an overview to the whole field. Buy it, read it, live it!
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