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Psychology and Evolution The Origins of Mind

by Bruce Bridgeman

Psychology and Evolution The Origins of Mind Synopsis

Introducing students to the emerging field of evolutionary psychology this book takes an approach that closely ties psychology to biology. The goal is to apply concepts of evolutionary theory to basic psychological functions to derive new insights into the roots of human behaviour and how that behaviour may be viewed as adaptations to important challenges of life. The book is organized around major life challenges and psychological functions (courtship and reproduction, child rearing, family and social interaction, language development, perception and memory) and the evolved mechanisms that have allowed humans to adapt. 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 - end-of-chapter discussion questions along with annotated suggestions for further reading.

Psychology and Evolution The Origins of Mind Press Reviews

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 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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780761924791
Publication date: 25th March 2003
Author: Bruce Bridgeman
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 432 pages
Categories: Child & developmental psychology, Evolution,

About Bruce Bridgeman

Bruce Bridgeman is a professor of Psychology and Psychobiology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, a position he has held since 1973. He received a Ph.D. in physiological psychology from Stanford University in 1971, working in the laboratory of Karl Pribram, and then held post-doctoral fellowships in Berlin, Germany, at the physiological institute of the Free University of Berlin, and in Berkeley, California, at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. He is author or coauthor of more than 100 published scientific papers and has authored or coedited five books along with 25 chapters in edited volumes. Aside from evolutionary psychology, which he ...

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