Darwin's Legacy in Psychology

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NewSouth, Incorporated, Feb 1, 2013 - 50 pages
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In this volume, excerpted from Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy (NewSouth Books, 2013), Lewis Barker chronicles Darwin's legacy in psychology. Barker describes the pre-Darwinian philosophical roots of psychology, Darwin's forthright contributions to psychological theory, Darwin's influence on early psychologists, and the role of neo-Darwinian thinking in contemporary psychology. He argues that Darwin's On the Origin of Species has been more influential in psychology than the great biologist's later works that are directly related to human evolution and mental life: The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871) and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Other Animals (1872).

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Lewis Barker is a Professor of Psychology and coordinator of an interdisciplinary program, the Human Odyssey, at Auburn University. He earned an AB in Psychology from Occidental College (Los Angeles) and an MS and PhD in Psychobiology from Florida State University. Before coming to Auburn, he taught at from Baylor University where he was a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. His teaching and research interests have included human and animal learning and memory, and evolutionary psychology.

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