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Psychology and Evolution
The Origins of Mind


February 2003 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Bridgeman's Psychology and Evolution is a superb textbook in evolutionary psychology…I see it as a landmark in the emergence of evolutionary psychology as no longer a controversial minority current but as a central aspect of the mainstream. The book reflects the state of the art in current work in evolutionary psychology…the reader is brought up-to-date about evolutionary theory, modern genetics, human prehistory, and relevant issues in modern linguistics."

--M. Brewster Smith, Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz and Past President, American Psychological Association

"This is an important book. Readers partial to evolutionary psychology, as well as those who remain skeptical, will benefit from a careful reading of this reader-friendly book…The author endorses the core assumptions of evolutionary psychology…but, refreshingly, he includes, often with a new slant, relevant material usually overlooked by both believers and skeptics."

-- Andrew Neher, Emeritus, Cabrillo College

In recent years, evolutionary theory has been offering a framework that more and more psychologists are finding increasingly relevant to address one critical question: Why? Why do we behave, develop, and interact the way we do?

Psychology and Evolution: The Origins of Mind introduces students to the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Bruce Bridgeman applies concepts of evolutionary theory to basic psychological functions to derive new insights into the roots of human behavior and how that behavior may be viewed as adaptation to life's significant challenges. Examining courtship, reproduction, child rearing, family relations, social interaction, and language development, Bridgeman uses evolutionary theory to help in the search to elucidate the foundations of human perceptions, experiences, and behaviors.

introduces students to the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Bruce Bridgeman applies concepts of evolutionary theory to basic psychological functions to derive new insights into the roots of human behavior and how that behavior may be viewed as adaptation to life's significant challenges. Examining courtship, reproduction, child rearing, family relations, social interaction, and language development, Bridgeman uses evolutionary theory to help in the search to elucidate the foundations of human perceptions, experiences, and behaviors.

Encouraging thought and discussion, this engaging volume includes:

      • Opposing approaches and controversial topics
      • Greater breadth of coverage on the field of evolutionary psychology
      • Innovative applications of evolutionary theory to areas that have not previously been analyzed in this context
      • End-of-chapter discussion questions with annotated suggestions for further reading
      • Key terms and concepts highlighted within the text and defined both in context and in a glossary

Psychology and Evolution presents an innovative application of biological ideas and data to establish a comprehensive theory of evolutionary psychology—a theory with the potential to unite all of psychology under a single framework and to explain the basis of human behavior and experience.

presents an innovative application of biological ideas and data to establish a comprehensive theory of evolutionary psychology—a theory with the potential to unite all of psychology under a single framework and to explain the basis of human behavior and experience.

Primarily designed as a course textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences, Psychology and Evolution will also appeal to scholars in the field and educated readers interested in the development of human behavior.

Instructor's Manual Now Available!

An Instructor's Manual on CD-ROM is available to qualified adopters of Psychology and Evolution and provides instructors with examination questions, additional background material on discussion questions in the text, and other helpful aids. The IM encourages critical thought about the issues raised in each chapter and provides useful recommendations for structuring discussions and promoting further research.


 
Preface
 
1. THE EVOLUTION REVOLUTION
Why Evolution? Social-Science Views of Humans. Nature versus Nurture? The Place of Evolutionary Psychology. History of Evolution in the Behavioral Sciences. Uses and Misuses of Evolution. How Evolution Works. Genetic Mechanisms of Evolution  
 
2. THE PAST: 95% OF HUMAN HISTORY
Phylogenetic Origins. Human Prehistory.  
 
3. COURTSHIP AND REPRODUCTIVE ADAPTATIONS
Sexual Reproduction. Reproductive Adaptations. Mate Selection.  
 
4. CHILDREN AND CHILD-REARING
Pregnancy and Childbirth. Infancy and Early Childhood. Education. Relations with Caretakers.  
 
5. FAMILY AND SOCIETY
Family Structure. Cooperation. Social Organization.  
 
6. ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC LIFE
Large-scale Cooperation. Status and Social Dominance. Persistent Irrationalities of Human Action.  
 
7. LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
The Evolution of Language. The Structure of Language. Language Development in Children. The Anatomy Of Language. Functions of Language  
 
8. PERCEPTION, MEMORY, AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Visual Perception. Memory. Consciousness and Planning.  
 
9. EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHIATRY
Four Classes of Mental Illness. Exaggerations of Normal Behaviors. Balances of Costs and Benefits. Illnesses That Confer Only Costs. Drug Addictions. Drugs and Mental Illness. Conclusion - The Diverse Origins of Mental Illnesses  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

"Bridgeman’s Psychology and Evolution is a superb textbook in evolutionary psychology…I see it as a landmark in the emergence of evolutionary psychology as no longer a controversial minority current but as a central aspect of the mainstream. The book reflects the state of the art in current work in evolutionary psychology…the reader is brought up-to-date about evolutionary theory, modern genetics, human prehistory, and relevant issues in modern linguistics."

M. Brewster Smith
University of California, Santa Cruz and Past President, American Psychological Association

"This is an important book. Readers partial to evolutionary psychology, as well as those who remain skeptical, will benefit from a careful reading of this reader-friendly book…The author endorses the core assumptions of evolutionary psychology…but, refreshingly, he includes, often with a new slant, relevant material usually overlooked by both believers and skeptics."

Andrew Neher
Cabrillo College
Key features
  • Organization is based around major life challenges or psychological functions (e.g., courtship and reproduction, child rearing, family and social interaction, language development, perception and memory, etc.) and the evolved mechanisms that have allowed humans to adapt.
  • Less technical detail than other books provides better appeal to an undergraduate audience.
  • Basic pedagogical features include chapter-opening motivational quotes and outlines, illustrations, key terms highlighted within the text and defined both in context and in a glossary at the end of the book, and end-of-chapter discussion questions along with annotated suggestions for further reading.

Sample Materials & Chapters

1. THE EVOLUTION REVOLUTION

9. EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHIATRY


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