Evolutionary Psychology

Pages: 240
Subject: Psychology
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrations

Evolutionary Psychology

A Beginner's Guide

John Lycett, Louise Barrett, Robin Dunbar

Controversial and captivating, this uniquely accessible guide explores what happens when evolutionary theory is applied to human behaviour.
9781851683567 (28 Apr 2005)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

Evolutionary Psychology: A Beginner's Guide is a uniquely accessible yet comprehensive guide to the study of the effects of evolutionary theory on human behaviour. Written specifically for the general reader, and for entry-level students, it covers all the most important elements of this interdisciplinary subject, from the role of evolution in our selection of partner, to the influence of genetics on parenting. The book draws widely on examples, case studies and background facts to convey a substantial amount of information, and is authored by the UK's leading experts in the field, from the only dedicated research and teaching institute.

Additional Information

Subject Psychology
Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 240
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrations


About the Author

Robin Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford. He is the author of more than a dozen books.

Louise Barrett is Professor of Psychology at the University of Lethbridge and John Lycett is a lecturer in Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Liverpool.


"By shining the light of Darwin's big idea on human actions and thought, the authors show how genetic and cultural evolution might work together to predispose our central human traits, our moral inclinations, and even our uniqueness.”

- David Myers, Professor of Psychology, Hope College, Michigan

"A very readable - and much needed - overview of what evolutionary psychology is and is not.

- Daniel Nettle – Professor of Behavioural Science, Newcastle University

Table of Contents

1. Why do we need evolution?;

2. What evolution did for us;

3. Genes, development and instinct;

4. How to make us human;

5. Choosing mates;

6. The dilemmas of parenthood;

7. The social whirl;

8. Language and culture;

9. The uniqueness of human being;

10. Virtual worlds;

11. The science of morality; Bibliography; Glossary.