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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: BPS Blackwell (Feb. 14 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405191228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405191227
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,574,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The last decade has witnessed an exciting change in ourunderstanding of the way in which the mind operates the reasonsbehind a myriad of human behaviours. The traditional idea thatnurture trumps nature in explanations of human behaviour has beensupplanted by Evolutionary Psychologists, who argue that humanbeings share evolved mental architectures that govern theirbehaviour. Indeed, Evolutionary Psychological explanations havebeen postulated for all manner of human behaviour, from mate choicepreferences to jealousy, cheater detection to suicide bombing. Yet,not all research groups are in agreement with this perspective:some authors have challenged the Evolutionary Psychological focuson biological or genetic explanations of behaviour, while otherssuggest that the Evolutionary Psychological paradigm ismethodologically flawed. To be sure, it is now possible to findcritiques of Evolutionary Psychology from different viewpoints, anda common theme shared by such critiques is that an evolutionaryapproach to psychology is welcome but not sufficient. This volume,which will serve as an introduction to evolutionary approaches topsychology, will bring together seminal work in the field andexplore the ways in which evolutionary psychological research canilluminate our understanding of human behaviours and nature.Together, the chapters in this volume will present a freshperspective on evolutionary approaches to psychology, criticallyevaluating the extant literature while maintaining the need forevolutionary psychologies.

Most introductions to evolutionary approaches to psychology tendto take an uncritical stand, stemming from what has been dubbed‘Evolutionary Psychological’ viewpoints.The current volume begins from the same vantage point – thatan evolutionary psychology is required – butnevertheless critically examines the extant literature fromdifferent evolutionary perspectives (e.g., developmental systemssciences, evolutionary biology, evolutionary developmentalpsychology, cultural studies, etc). The list of potential authors(see attached document) has been compiled to reflect this criticalapproach.

About the Author

Viren Swami trained as an evolutionary psychologist, and for his doctorate examined the roles that body shape and weight play in judgements of physical attractiveness across cultures. Viren’s current research in the area focuses on the influence of evolution, culture, and individual psychology on perceptions of human beauty, and his work has been widely discussed in national and international media. Viren is also currently conducting research in other fields of interpersonal attraction, including identifying predictors of positive body image, the effect of romantic love on partner perceptions, weight-based discrimination, and the history of beauty in art and sculpture. Other current projects include research on sociocultural adjustment among sojourners, and cross-cultural differences in lay beliefs about various topics, including intelligence, conspiracy theories, mental illness, and extraterrestrial life.

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Critical should not belong in this title ,of course my definition of critical might be naive,a text that like Mc Donald's or Ordinary sex leaves you disappointed feeling slightly uncomfortable and wanting more of a qualitatively different experience
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I really love this book. Easy to read and very organized. It connects to other fields of psychology too which is helpful in other classes.