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Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind Hardcover – 6 Aug 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (6 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205370713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205370719
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020,257 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.

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This truly is one of the standard textbooks in the field.
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what i needed
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I wish more textbooks were like this. The only one that really comes to mind is Animal Social Behavior by Wittenberger. Like that one, this book impresses by the quality of the arguments. He never just comes up with 'this is the way it is, so learn it'. He often presents an hypothesis, then lists predictions that can be made from that hypothesis and suitable tests, and then evidence to support or disprove it. You learn something about the scientific method as well as the subject matter.
I admit I dismissed evolutionary psychology for a long time, arguing that we are no longer subject to darwinian evolution, but are subject to rapid cultural evolution. However, this book shows exactly why I was wrong, and how much we can learn from the sort of interesting questions that an evolutionary perspective inspires.
A nice antidote to the influence of behaviourism, which still seems to be present in sociology and feminist ideology. Just so long as we remember that not all behaviour is an adaptation.
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great book of understanding of why human are the way we are. how we developed and why our interactions are like this . I wish I have read this book in my 20s it would have made so many things easier to understand . thank you D.Buss for his hard work
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Excellent, thorough and highly recommended introduction covering the fundamentals in rich detail. Based on excellent principles and covering all the main areas of human social cognition and behaviour and found it rewarding to read. David Buss is clear and turns complex ideas, knowledge, research and findings in evo psyche into an accessible book for anyone approaching this perspective.
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I do zoology, my fiends do psychology, this book manages to almagamate the two with unsurpassed ease. At times is enjoyable as well as interesting and his use of references is both accurate and up to date.
Omly drawback may be the price fro some of us poverty stricken students
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