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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. Chapters in this Handbook address foundational theories and methodological approaches, providing a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field. 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. Part 1: Foundations of Evolution; Part 2: Middle-Level Evolutionary Theories; and Part 3: Research Methods and Strategies.

Controversial Issues and Misunderstandings in Evolutionary Psychology
Controversial issues and misunderstandings in evolutionary psychology
Darren Burke
Introduction

In common with most of the sciences, psychology has a strong focus on answering proximate, causal questions. If we observe someone engaged in an aggressive act, for example, then many lines of psychological research can provide insights into the immediate causes of that behaviour. Aspects of the person's personality, hormonal profile, brain structure, the social situation they are in, their psychopathologies, anxiety levels, beliefs about the situation, etc., are all factors that psychological research encompasses. Less immediate causes, but within the lifetime of the individual, are also a common area of investigation in psychology. Aspects of the person's upbringing, education, history of abuse, learning experiences, ...

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