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Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind [Hardcover]

David Buss
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18 Feb 2011 020501562X 978-0205015627 4

For courses in Evolutionary Psychology .  


David Buss, one of the foremost researchers in the field, has thoroughly revised his already successful text with nearly 400 new references to provide an even more comprehensive overview of this dynamic field. Using cutting-edge research and an engaging writing style, the Fourth Edition of Evolutionary Psychology  ensures that your students will master the material presented.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (18 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020501562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205015627
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,565,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

David M. Buss received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkley in 1981. He began his career in academics at Harvard, later moving to the University of Michigan before accepting his current position as Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas. His primary research interests include human sexuality, mating strategies, conflict between the sexes, homicide, stalking, and sexual victimization. The author of more than 200 scientific articles and 6 books, Buss has won numerous awards including the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (1988), the APA G. Stanley Hall Lectureship (1990), the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Award (2001), and the Robert W. Hamilton Book Award (2000) for the first edition of Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind. He is also the editor of the first comprehensive Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (2005, Wiley). He enjoys extensive cross-cultural research collaborations and lectures widely within the United States and abroad.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 10 July 2013
By Tasha B
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Very detailed and informative, bought for my psychology degree course and it was all I needed. A very good read even if you don't study psychology, gives you great understanding of human behavior tendencies
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3.0 out of 5 stars A thorough, but uncritical, overview 18 May 2011
By whiteelephant - Published on Amazon.com
If one reads Buss' text in a certain manner, there is a lot to say about it. It's organized by evolutionary challenge (survival, mating, parenting, group living), exploring how adaptations to each of these challenges might explain human behavior. The general approach is a survey of the literature. Thus on survival, the reader is introduced to hypotheses about the adaptive value of our taste for meat, sweetness, bitterness, spice, alcohol, how these tastes change during pregnancy, and how our attempts to gather food (e.g. hunting) shaped our species (e.g. male-female spatio-temporal differences and group dynamics). Common human phobias (e.g. spiders, heights) are explained in terms of adaptive fitness. While much of this may seem obvious, it is difficult to fault a textbook for explaining the basics of its field. Buss then introduces the evolutionary theory of senescence to answer the question 'why do people die?', and then most speculatively introduces hypotheses about the adaptive value of suicide. Again, if read in a certain way, as an overview of the literature, this book has a value. But don't expect much critical thinking from Buss. He seems predisposed to think that all human behavior is adaptive. While one can certainly imagine how suicide may help one's genetic fitness in certain instances, there is a big leap from this observation to suggesting a heritable mechanism upon which one can decide to advantageously end one's life. Given the high rate of physically healthy teen suicide, an adaptive hypothesis to explain this behavior seems farfetched.

On sex and mating, Buss reviews the psychological literature of mate preference, capably arguing that gender differences are due to evolutionary asymmetry, as opposed to competing hypotheses (e.g. structural societal differences drive women's mate preference). The chapters on kinship are dominated by further explorations of sexual asymmetry as well as the influential theories of Hamilton and Trivers. Moving on to social matters, Buss discuses reciprocal altruism, aggression, warfare, sexual aggression, and status. Again, it is a solid overview, but where it loses value is in its lack of critical assessment of the theories proposed. Evolutionary psychology has been wrongly attacked by many as a collection of unscientific, post hoc, rationalizations. It has also been criticized (e.g. by Gould) as attempting to explain too much of human behavior as adaptive. As such, a text on the matter should do more to contest these notions. Instead, Buss feeds right into them, with uncritical examinations of the evidence in favor of his favored hypotheses (contrasting with his criticism of non-evolutionary theories). In general, this book fails to adequately examine non-evolutionary theories, is uncritical of questionable methodologies (e.g. self reports), and is far too ready to accept dubious interpretations of correlations. But again, if you can keep all this in mind, and read with a critical eye, this book is a nice overview of the field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review for the second edition (2003). 23 May 2012
By Manny - Published on Amazon.com
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The text I have is the second edition from 2003. Given that the field is relatively new, I suspect the newest edition has expanded a lot on the earlier ones. I give the book four stars because it is a good textbook, but Buss seems to be stretching things out to get to 30 pages in several of the chapters, even going so far as to say the same thing and cite the same studies in different chapters. It was a very easy to read text and was actually very similar to my "Animal Behavior" text by Alcock, and in fact, I would say that is a better text than this one for understanding evolutionary psychology. Again, I suspect later editions of "Evolutionary Psychology" have more human specific papers to cite than the 2003 edition (which relied heavily on animal studies), but I don't know.

Overall a decent text and highly insightful for anyone new to the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very valuable for a strong foundation 22 May 2012
By Book Fiend - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are new to EvPsy, then this book is quite useful and informative. However, if you seek philosophical debates and analyses in this controversial field, you will be disappointed. I liked the book a lot because while I have read a lot on Darwinian evolution, evolutionary psychology is a a new subject for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality 24 April 2014
By Jeonghoon Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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Good quality, good reading material to help you understand the topics. I heartily recommend this book to all readers interested in evolutionary psychology.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting perspective 19 April 2014
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
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I love how this book lays out the information. It is a really interesting perspective. This field in psychology is rising and it is great to learn about this field.
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