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The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences

David M. Buss and Patricia H. Hawley


Rather than viewing individual differences as merely the raw material upon which selection operates, this book provides theories and empirical evidence which suggest that personality and individual differences are central to evolved psychological mechanisms and behavioral functioning. The book draws theoretical inspiration from life history theory, evolutionary genetics, molecular genetics, developmental psychology, personality psychology, and evolutionary psychology, while utilizing the theories of the “best and the brightest” international scientists working on this cutting edge paradigm shi ... More

Keywords: selection, individual differences, personality, psychological mechanisms, behavioral functioning, social environment, social decisions, evolutionary forces

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195372090
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Buss, editor
The University of Texas at Austin

Patricia H. Hawley, editor
University of Kansas
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Part I Personality and the Social Adaptive Landscape

Part II Developmental and Life History Perspectives on Personality

8 Ecological Approaches to Personality

Aurelio José Figueredo, Pedro S. A. Wolf, Paul R. Gladden, Sally Olderbak, Dok J. Andrzejczak, and W. Jake Jacobs

Part III Evolutionary Genetics of Personality

10 Theory and Methods in Evolutionary Behavioral Genetics

Matthew C. Keller, Daniel P. Howrigan, and Matthew A. Simonson

Part IV Practical Applications

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