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Applied Evolutionary Psychology

S. Craig Roberts


Evolutionary psychology aims to understand and describe human behaviour in the light of past and continuing selection and adaptation. Still a young and developing discipline, the past couple of decades has seen enormous progress. As the science matures, its scope is inevitably beginning to broaden towards tackling contemporary issues in human society. To date, however, concerted effort to apply principle to practice has been patchy and limited in extent. This book aims to provide a foundation for an incipient focus on applications of evolutionary psychology. It draws together a collection of r ... More

Keywords: applied psychology, evolutionary psychology, evolutionary biology, evolutionary social psychology, applied issues, human behaviour, social psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199586073
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Craig Roberts, editor
Department of Psychology University of Stirling, UK

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Section 1 Business

Chapter 2 The evolutionary psychology of economics

Paul H. Rubin and C. Monica Capra

Chapter 4 The social animal within organizations

Abraham P. Buunk and Pieternel Dijkstra

Section 2 Family

Chapter 5 The evolved child: adapted to family life

David F. Bjorklund and Patrick Douglas Sellers II

Section 3 Society

Chapter 13 The evolutionary psychology of criminal behaviour

Aurelio José Figueredo, Paul Robert Gladden, and Zachary Hohman

Section 4 Health

Chapter 18 Evolutionary perspectives on sport and competition

Diana Wiedemann, Robert A. Barton, and Russell A. Hill

Section 5 Marketing and communication

Chapter 19 Why we buy: evolution, marketing, and consumer behaviour

Vladas Griskevicius, Joshua M. Ackerman, and Joseph P. Redden

Chapter 20 Evolutionary psychology and perfume design

S. Craig Roberts and Jan Havlicek

Section 6 Technology

Chapter 25 Evolutionary robotics

Dylan Evans and Walter de Back

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