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Foreword - Nancy L. Segal Preface 1. Evolutionary Theory and Human Development - Robert L. Burgess 2. Theoretical Issues in the Study of Evolution and Development - Kevin MacDonald and Scott L. Hershberger 3. Culture and Developmental Plasticity: Evolution of the Social Brain - Mark V. Flinn 4. Evolution and Cognitive Development - David C. Geary 5. Contextual Freedom in Human Infant Vocalization and the Evolution of Language - D. Kimbrough Oller and Ulrike Griebel 6. On Why It Takes a Village: Cooperative Breeders, Infant Needs, and the Future - Sarah Blaffer Hrdy 7. Human Emotions as Multipurpose Adaptations: An Evolutionary Perspective on the Development of Fear - Peter LaFreniere 8. Personality, Evolution, and Development - Kevin MacDonald 9. An Evolutionary Reconceptualization of Kohlberg's Model of Moral Development - Dennis Krebs 10. Evolutionary Studies of Cooperation, Competition, and Altruism: A Twin-Based Approach - Nancy L. Segal 11. An Analysis of Child Maltreatment: From Behavioral Psychology to Behavioral Ecology - Robert L. Burgess and Alicia A. Drais-Parrillo 12. Further Observations on Adolescence - Glenn E. Weisfeld and Donyell K. Coleman 13. Amish and Gypsy Children: Socialization Within Cohesive, Strategizing Groups - William R. Charlesworth 14. Evolutionary Psychopathology and Abnormal Development - Linda Mealey Author Index Subject Index About the Editors About the Contributors

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Robert Lee Burgess (Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 1969) is Professor of Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University. He has degrees in anthropology, psychology, and sociology. He has published numerous articles in journals and chapters in books dealing with such topics as theory construction, the development of criminal behavior and illicit drug use, cooperation and competition in children's groups, the development and consequences of power differences in dyads involved in exchange relationships, and the role of imitation in retarded children. He is also co-author (with Don Bushell, Jr.) of Behavioral Sociology: The Experimental Analysis of Social Process and (with Ted L. Huston) of Social Exchange in Developing Relationships. Drawing upon research methods developed by primatologists, he conducted one of the first observational studies of abusive and neglectful families in their own homes. Recently, he has published articles examining the convergence of evolutionary biology and behavior genetics for understanding human development. Kevin MacDonald is Professor of Psychology at California State University Long Beach. After receiving a Masters degree in evolutionary biology, he received a Ph. D. in Biobehavioral Sciences, both at the University of Connecticut. Since assuming his position at California State University Long Beach, his research has focused on developing evolutionary perspectives on culture, developmental psychology and personality theory, the origins and maintenance of monogamous marriage in Western Europe, and ethnic relations (group evolutionary strategies). He is the author of Social and Personality Development: An Evolutionary Synthesis (1988), A People That Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy (1994), Separation and Its Discontents: Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism (1998), and The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (1998). He has also edited three books, Sociobiological Perspectives on Human Development (1988), Parent-Child Play: Descriptions and Implications (1994), and Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Development (2004).


"In this volume, Burgess and MacDonald have brought together a distinguished group of psychologists and anthropologists to investigate how-given our evolutionary heritage, genetic make-up and salient environment-behavior, cognition, and emotion unfold from the human organism. They make clear that both evolutionary functional and proximate behavioral perspectives are essential to understanding the human mind and its products. Many of these essays should be required reading for sociobiologists, evolutionary psychologists, and evolutionary anthropologists and their ilk." -- Jeffrey Kurland
"It's clear that evolutionary biology has a tremendous amount to offer when it comes to our understanding of human development, and yet, many experts in developmental psychology have remained impervious to these insights. At last, this may change: Burgess and MacDonald have compiled a rich array of theory and data, much of it contributed by the leading lights of evolutionary psychology (or, if you prefer, sociobiology). A very valuable collection and one that might help define a new and important field." -- David P. Barash
"This new edition of Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Development is obligatory reading for anyone interested in the integration of evolutionary theory into developmental psychology. Its basic approach is not to reject and replace the earlier pre-evolutionary work of developmental and other psychologists but to combine the fruits of earlier work with the new insights from our rapidly growing understanding of how evolution has shaped all life forms especially human beings. It provides a valuable corrective to recent narrow approaches which argue that the human mind is constructed exclusively of domain-specific mechanism and which deemphasize the importance of human psychological and behavioral plasticity. The book presents a view of the human mind as consisting of both domain-specific and domain-general mechanisms and points to the importance of plasticity and intelligence in the unique way in which the brainiest of large-brained animals has adapted to its environment. The topics covered are broad ranging, including, among others, child and adolescent development, the development of cognition, language, morality, personality, emotional development, resource acquisition during ontogeny, and the role of kinship in shaping cooperation and competition. As it must, it also explores the dark-side of human development: the development of psychopathology and the maltreatment of children. Anyone who reads this book will come away with a richer understanding of our shared human nature." -- Bill Irons
"I feel that evolutionary psychology is a growing force, and it will come to dominate thinking in psychology. . . such a book now is timely." -- Jon H. Kaas
"The contributors are, as a group, a most impressive lot. . . . On the whole, there appears to be enough new material in the proposed book to cause an evolutionary developmental psychologist to adopt it as a supplementary book of readings. Too, I suspect that individuals such as myself, who are not developmental psychologists, would be inclined to buy it and read it." -- E.J. Capaldi

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