Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind

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Psychology Press, Oct 2, 2015 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 496 pages
This book examines human psychology and behavior through the lens of modern evolutionary psychology. Evolutionary Psychology: The Ne w Science of the Mind, 5/e provides students with the conceptual tools of evolutionary psychology, and applies them to empirical research on the human mind. Content topics are logically arrayed, starting with challenges of survival, mating, parenting, and kinship; and then progressing to challenges of group living, including cooperation, aggression, sexual conflict, and status, prestige, and social hierarchies. Students gain a deep understanding of applying evolutionary psychology to their own lives and all the people they interact with.
 

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Attributes evolutionary theories to cultural norms that affect behaviour and calls it "science". Many of Buss' theories on the evolutionary psychology with regard to gender have been debunked by other studies that include non-heterosexual male and female subjects. Also, paleontologists and anthropologists say that Buss' perception of prehistoric humans is false and falsely interpreted as how humans have evolved. Because he's spent his career pushing forth his theories as fact/science, he doesn't consider that he is wrong; therefore, he has a very large blind-spot in his interpretations of the results of his studies.
I would never recommend this book to any instructor or student of psychology unless it is to be an example of pseudoscience.
 

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Contents

Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology
1
Problems of Survival
67
Challenges of Sex and Mating
101
Challenges of Parenting and Kinship
193
Problems of Group Living
255
An Integrated Psychological Science
377
Bibliography
421
Credits
463
Index
468
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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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