Evolutionary psychology: the new science of the mind

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Allyn and Bacon, 1999 - Psychology - 456 pages
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Evolutionary psychology is a new and revolutionary science, rapidly growing in scientific practice and media attention. David Buss, a leading researcher in the field, has written the first comprehensive text on the subject, introducing students to a new perspective on the fascinating puzzles of human nature. Composed of cutting-edge research and featuring an engaging writing style, the author offers compelling scientific answers to the profound human questions of love and work. Beginning with a historical introduction, the text logically progresses by discussing adaptive problems that humans face, and ends with a unifying chapter showing how the new field of evolutionary psychology encompasses all branches of psychology. Each chapter is alive with the subjects that most occupy our minds: sex, mating, getting along, getting ahead, friends, enemies, and social hierarchies. Why is child abuse 40 times more prevalent among step-families than biologically intact families? According to one study, why did 75% of men but 0% of women consent to have sex with a complete stranger? Buss explores these intriguing quandaries with his vision of psychology in the new millennium as a new science of the mind.

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Fantastic, if somewhat introductory, textbook.

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Landmarks in the History of Evolutionary Thinking
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Common Misunderstandings about Evolutionary Theory
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Summary
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About the author (1999)

David M. Buss has taught at Harvard University, University of Michigan, and the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently Professor of Evolutionary Psychology.

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