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The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology

The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology

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November 2020 | 1 592 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Evolutionary psychology is an important and rapidly expanding area in the life, social, and behavioral sciences, and this Handbook represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference text in the field today.

Over three volumes, the Handbook provides a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field. Chapters cover a broad range of topics, including theoretical foundations, the integration of evolutionary psychology with other life, social, and behavioral sciences, as well as with the arts and the humanities, and the increasing power of evolutionary psychology to inform applied fields, including medicine, psychiatry, law, and education. Each of the volumes has been carefully curated to have a strong thematic focus, covering:


-          The foundations of evolutionary psychology;

-          The integration of evolutionary psychology with other disciplines, and;

-          The applications of evolutionary psychology.


The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in all areas of psychology, and in related disciplines across the life, social, and behavioral sciences.

Volume 1: Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology

Part 1: Foundations of Evolution
C. Ruth Archer & David J. Hosken
Chapter 1: Sexual Selection: A Brief Introduction
Carey J. Fitzgerald
Chapter 2: Inclusive Fitness Theory
Gary L. Brase
Chapter 3: Adaptive Problems
Laura Betzig
Chapter 4: Differential Reproduction
Laith Al-Shawaf, David M.G. Lewis, Nicole Barbaro, & Yzar S. Wehbe
Chapter 5: The Products of Evolution: Conceptual Distinctions, Evidentiary Criteria, and Empirical Examples
David M.G. Lewis, Laith Al-Shawaf, Matthew B. Thompson, & David M. Buss
Chapter 6: Evolved Psychological Mechanisms
Part 2: Middle-Level Evolutionary Theories
Mark V. Flinn
Chapter 7: Why Sex?
Justin K. Mogilski
Chapter 8: Parental Investment Theory
Menelaos Apostolou
Chapter 9: Parent-offspring Conflict
Gerald Carter, Mu-Hsun Chen, & Imran Razik
Chapter 10: Theory of Reciprocal Altruism
Catherine Salmon & Jessica Hehman
Chapter 11: The Trivers-Willard Hypothesis
Daniel J. Kruger
Chapter 12: Life History Theory
Tara DeLecce & Michael N. Pham
Chapter 13: Sperm Competition Theory
Wayne R. Rostant, Emily K. Fowler, & Tracey Chapman
Chapter 14: Sexual Conflict Theory: Concepts and Empirical Tests
Mario Mikulincer & Phil Shaver
Chapter 15: Attachment Theory: A Behavioral Systems Approach for Studying Species-Universal and Individual-Differences Aspects of the Social Mind
Part 3: Research Methods and Strategies
Jennifer Vonk, Jared Edge, Jacob Pappas, Audrey Robeson, & Amity Jordan
Chapter 16: Cross-species comparisons: When comparing apples to oranges is fruitful
Menelaos Apostolou
Chapter 17: Cross-Cultural Research
Jennifer Mundale
Chapter 18: Neuroscientific Methods
Nicole Barbaro & Lars Penke
Chapter 19: Behavior Genetics
Alastair P.C. Davies
Chapter 20: Sex Differences and Sex Similarities
Tim Marsh
Chapter 21: Within-Species Individual Differences
Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Steven C. Hertler, & Michael A. Woodley
Chapter 22: Social Biogeography
Alfredo Ardila
Chapter 23: Cross-Cultural Differences in Cognition and Learning
Carey Fitzgerald & Jody A. Thompson
Chapter 24: Sources of Data for Testing Evolutionary Hypotheses
Darren Burke
Chapter 25: Controversial Issues and Misunderstandings in Evolutionary Psychology
Volume 2: Integration of Evolutionary Psychology with Other Disciplines

Part 1: Integration within Psychology
Michael Baker
Chapter 1: Evolutionary Social Psychology
Jeanette Altarriba & Allison Wilck
Chapter 2: Evolutionary Cognitive Psychology
Carlos Hernández Blasi
Chapter 3: Evolutionary Developmental Psychology
Frederick L. Coolidge & Thomas Wynn
Chapter 4: Evolutionary Neuropsychology
Sarah F. Brosnan
Chapter 5: Comparative Evolutionary Psychology
Stephen M. Colarelli, Charlie Yang, & Tyler J. Mirando
Chapter 6: Evolutionary Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, Simen Mjøen Larsen, & Thomas H. Kleppestø
Chapter 7: Evolutionary Clinical Psychology
Oliver Sng & Steven L. Neuberg
Chapter 8: Evolutionary Cultural Psychology
John Sweller
Chapter 9: Evolutionary Educational Psychology
Part 2: Integration with other Life, Social, and Behavioral Sciences
John Alcock
Chapter 10: Evolutionary Psychology and Biology
Rachel Knoblach, Bethany Mims, Raquel Oliveira, & Kevin Beaver
Chapter 11: Implications of Genetic Research for Evolutionary Psychology
Elizabeth Cashdan, Joan B. Silk, & Ayanna K. Willard
Chapter 12: Evolutionary Psychology and Anthropology
Marc Abramiuk
Chapter 13: Evolutionary Psychology and Archaeology
Stephen Sanderson
Chapter 14: Evolutionary Psychology and Sociology
Rose McDermott
Chapter 15: Evolutionary Psychology and Political Science: The role of human psychology in institutional structures
C. Monica Capra & Paul Rubin
Chapter 16: Evolutionary Psychology and Economics
Jill M. Sundie, Daniel J. Beal, & Howard M. Weiss
Chapter 17: Evolutionary Psychology and Business: Examining Life at Work Through Life at Work Through the Lens of Status
Maryanne L. Fisher & Rebecca L. Burch
Chapter 18: Evolutionary Psychology and Gender Studies
Part 3: Integration with the Humanities
Christine Clavien & Florian Cova
Chapter 19: Evolutionary Psychology and Ethics
Emelie Jonsson
Chapter 20: Evolutionary Literary Theory
John Teehan, Helen De Cruz, & Johan De Smedt
Chapter 21: Evolutionary Psychology and the Study of Religion
Laura Betzig
Chapter 22: Evolution and History
Nicholas Bannan
Chapter 23: Evolutionary Psychology and the Performing Arts
Richard Hickman
Chapter 24: Evolutionary Psychology an the Visual Arts
Volume 3: Applications of Evolutionary Psychology

Part 1: Applications to Health and Well-Being
Cezar Giosan
Chapter 1: Evolutionary Psychology and Counseling and Psychotherapy
Riadh Abed & Paul St. John-Smith
Chapter 2: Evolutionary Psychology and Psychiatry
C.A. Soper, John F. Gunn III, & Pablo Malo
Chapter 3: Evolutionary Psychology and Suicidology
James Carmody
Chapter 4: Evolutionary Psychology and Mindfulness and Meditation: Easing the Anxiety of Being Human
Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque, Joelson M.B. Moura, Risonedie Henriques da Silva, Washington S. Ferreira Júnior, & Taline C. Silva
Chapter 5: Evolutionary Psychology and Environmental Sciences
Simon Russell
Chapter 6: Evolutionary Psychology and Public Health
Diana Santos Fleischman
Chapter 7: Animal Ethics and Evolutionary Psychology
Part 2: Applications to Law and Order
Michael Latner
Chapter 8: Evolutionary Psychology and Political Institutions
Joseph L. Nedelec
Chapter 9: Evolutionary Psychology and Crime
Lois James
Chapter 10: Evolutionary Psychology and Policing: The Balance Between Aggression and Restraint
Eyal Aharoni & Morris B. Hoffman
Chapter 11: Evolutionary Psychology, Jurisprudence, and Sentencing
Alina Simona Rusu
Chapter 12: Evolutionary Psychology and Incarceration
Anthony Walsh, Cody Jorgensen, & Jessica Wells
Chapter 13: Evolution and Punishment
Ian A. Silver & Jamie Newsome
Chapter 14: Evolutionary Psychology and Corrections and Rehabilitation
Russil Durrant
Chapter 15: Evolutionary Psychology and Organized Crime
Anthony C. Lopez
Chapter 16: Evolutionary Psychology and Warfare
Part 3: Applications to Technology, Communications, and the Future
Holly Wilson, Paul Rauwolf, & Joanna J. Bryson
Chapter 17: Evolutionary Psychology and Artificial Intelligence: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Behaviour
Robert Finkelstein
Chapter 18: Evolutionary Psychology and Robotics
Deanna Singhal & David Wiesenthal
Chapter 19: Evolutionary Psychology and Dangerous Driving Behavior
Gayle S. Stever
Chapter 20: Evolutionary Psychology and Mass Media
Ned Kock
Chapter 21: Evolutionary Psychology and Communication
Mark A. Caudell
Chapter 22: Evolutionary Psychology and Climate Change: Understanding the impact of time perspective on carbon emissions across 75 countries
James R. Anderson
Chapter 23: Evolutionary Psychology and Thanatology: Responses to Death
Stephen Whyte & Benno Torgler
Chapter 24: Evolutionary Psychology and Reproduction
Robert Finkelstein
Chapter 25: Evolutionary Psychology and Cyberwarfare

Todd K. Shackelford

Todd K. Shackelford received his Ph.D. in evolutionary psychology in 1997 from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2010, he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Oakland University ( in Rochester, Michigan, where he is Co-Director of the Evolutionary Psychology Lab ( In 2016, he was appointed Distinguished Professor by the Oakland University Board of Trustees. He led the founding of new Ph.D. and M.S. programs (, which launched in 2012. Shackelford has published around 300 journal articles and his work has been... More About Author

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