Oxford handbook of evolutionary psychology
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2007.
- Physical description
- xiii, 706 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- SECTION I: PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES-- 1. Evolutionary pyschology in the round-- 2. The power of culture-- 3. Evolution and psychology in philosophical perspective-- 4. Niche construction, human behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology-- 5. Group level evolutionary processes-- SECTION II: THE COMPARATIVE APPROACH-- 6. Homologizing the mind-- 7. Social knowledge in primates-- 8. Social cognition in non-primates-- 9. Culture in primates and other animals-- 10. Empathy, sympathy and prosocial preferences in primates-- SECTION III: EVOLUTIONARY NEUROBIOLOGY AND COGNITION-- 11. Evolution of the social brain as a distributed neural system-- 12. The neuroevolutionary and neuroaffective psychobiology of the prosocial brain-- 13. Neural pathways of social cognition-- 14. Mirror neurons and social cognition-- 15. Mechanisms of ecological rationality: heuristics and environments that make us smart-- SECTION IV: DEVELOPMENT-- 16. The evolution of empathizing and systematizing: assortative mating of two strong systematizers and the cause of autism-- 17. The ontogenetic origins of human cooperation-- 18. Childhood experiences and reproductive strategies-- 19. Parental impacts on development: how proximate factors mediate adaptive plans-- 20. Evolution of stress response to social threat-- 21. Birth order and sibling competition-- SECTION V: MATING, REPRODUCTION & LIFE HISTORY-- 22. Body odours and odour preferences in humans-- 23. Reproductive strategies and tactics-- 24. Symmetry, attractiveness and sexual selection-- 25. Sex differences in aggression-- 26. Evolutionary ecology of family size-- 27. Life-history theory, reproduction and longevity in humans-- 28. Evolutionary psychology meets history: insights into human nature through family reconstitution studies-- 29. Risk and decision-making-- SECTION VI: THE SELF AND THE SOCIAL WORLD-- 30. Ecological and socio-cultural impacts on mating and marriage systems-- 31. Kinship and descent-- 32. Individual differences-- 33. Human evolution and social cognition-- 34. Temporal knowledge and autobiographical memory: an evolutionary perspective-- 35. Shamans, yogins and indigenous psychologies-- 36. Competitive altruism: a theory of reputation-based cooperation in groups-- 37. Ethnic nepotism as heuristic: risky transactions and public altruisms-- SECTION VII: CULTURAL EVOLUTION-- 38. Dual-inheritance theory: the evolution of human cultural capacities and cultural evolution-- 39. Modelling cultural evolution-- 40. Evolutionary perspectives in archaeology: from culture history to cultural evolution-- 41. Memes-- 42. Explaining altruistic behaviour in humans-- 43. Evolution of religion-- 44. Evolutionary approaches to literature and drama-- 45. Music and cognitive evolution-- 46. The evolution of language.
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- Publisher's Summary
- The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology provides a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in this fast-growing area of research. With contributions from over fifty experts in the field, the range and depth of coverage is unequalled. In addition to well studied areas of investigation, such as mate choice and reproduction, the volume also includes chapters on the philosophical underpinnings of evolutionary psychology, comparative perspectives from other species, recent neurobiological findings, and gets to grips with the issue of cultural evolution in relation to human psychology. All the chapters combine a solid review of the relevant literature with well reasoned arguments and robust discussions of the major findings, as well as original insights and suggestions for future work. All the chapters are written by active researchers in the field of evolutionary psychology and so, as might be expected, a wide diversity of opinions is presented. The critical, wide-ranging and diverse discussions are thought-provoking and, taken together, the handbook as a whole provides a well balanced assessment of current research, from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. In addition, the editors provide an initial chapter and section introductions that place the contributions in context and help guide the reader by highlighting the major themes raised by the contributors. While each chapter thus stands on its own, and the book can be used as a work of reference, the integration of themes across chapters and sections means it can also be read in its entirety as a complement to textbooks and other publications in the field. The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology is the definitive text on this burgeoning field.
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- Evolutionary psychology.
- Publication date
- edited by R.I.M. Dunbar and Louise Barrett
- Title Variation
- Handbook of evolutionary psychology
- 9780198568308 (hbk.)
- 0198568304 (hbk.)