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Evolutionary Psychology, Public Policy, and Personal Decisions

Charles Crawford, Catherine Salmon

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ISBN 10: 0805849467 / ISBN 13: 9780805849462
Verlag: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Inc, 2004
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Titel: Evolutionary Psychology, Public Policy, and ...

Verlag: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Inc

Erscheinungsdatum: 2004

Einband: Paperback


Auflage: First Edition.

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During the last 15 years, human sociobiology has metamorphosed into evolutionary psychology. It is concerned with the social problems and stresses hominid and primate ancestors encountered, the psychological mechanisms natural selection shaped to deal with these stresses, and the way those ancient mechanisms work now. Evolutionary psychologists are making great progress in expanding the understanding of human nature, however, this knowledge has had little impact on policymakers and legislators. Supreme Court justices and managers seldom consult evolutionary psychologists to help with their deliberations. When faced with private decisions few individuals ask themselves how a Darwinian perspective might help them. This volume's aim is to start the process of using theory and findings of evolutionary psychology to help make the world a better place to live.

This book takes evolutionary psychology explicitly into applied areas in a way no other book has. It includes a reasonable scope of applications from pornography to psychopaths and from morality to sex differences in the workplace. An applications section provides concrete ideas for dealing with social and policy issues, including chapters on women in the workplace, rape, and child support. Providing good coverage of basic issues and theory of the field, this book gives lay people and law/policymakers appropriate background to fully understand the applications chapters. Part II provides information on basic psychological mechanisms for group living--including chapters on emotions, reciprocity and legal reasoning, and self deception--that impact on how well public policy and law function. The material in the first two sections provide an intellectual basis for the chapters in the third part of the book which deals with the application of evolutionary psychology to a variety of substantive areas related to public policy and personal decisions. A political scientist concludes the book with a commentary on evolutionary psychology and public policy.

The book is designed to serve as a stand-alone text in evolutionary psychology and public policy that can be used in a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, social work, law and psychology, and public policy.

About the Author:

Charles Crawford is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Simon Fraser University where he is also a member of the Biological Sciences Department. He was educated at the University of Alberta, where he completed a master's degree in psychology and the philosophy of science and at McGill University, where he completed a Ph.D. in measurement and statistics. Since completing his Ph.D. he has done research at the Institute of Behavior Genetics at the University of Colorado, the Evolution and Human Behavior Program at the University of Michigan, and the philosophy of science at the Center for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics. He is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association the American Psychological Society, and past-president of the International Society for Human Ethology. In 2002, he won the Sterling Prize for Controversy.
Catherine Salmon is currently an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Redlands. She received her Ph.D. in 1997 in Experimental Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and from there went on to Simon Fraser University where she completed post-doctoral research funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Her research interests are wide-ranging and include the evolutionary psychology of family dynamics, parental investment and birth order, human sexuality, and eating disorders. She is the author of (with Don Symons) Warrior Lovers: Erotic Fiction, Evolution, and Female Sexuality.

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