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 real-world and practical applications of evolutionary psychology such as applications to medicine, psychiatry, law, and technology. 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: Applications to Health and Well-Being, Part 2: Applications to Law and Order, and Part 3: Applications to Technology, Communications, and the Future.

Evolutionary Psychology and Crime

Evolutionary Psychology and Crime

Evolutionary psychology and crime
Joseph L. Nedelec


As examined throughout this volume, humans are a highly social species and as such possess a constellation of adaptations which aid in survival and reproduction. Among the evolved strategies employed by highly social species, those which can be viewed as exploitative are abundant. Indeed, nature is awash with examples of evolved strategies that appear to callously infringe on the desires or choices of individuals who are the targets of such strategies. To be sure, highly social species rely on cooperation, empathy, and stable group dynamics, but all these factors can also be exploited for individual gain as an effective evolved strategy. When viewed from an evolutionary perspective, criminal behavior ...

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