Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology

  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill
  • Lisa L. M. Welling
  • Todd K. Shackelford

Part of the Evolutionary Psychology book series (EVOLPSYCH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Lisa L. M. Welling, Todd K. Shackelford
      Pages 3-12
  3. Social Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Karin Machluf, David F. Bjorklund
      Pages 27-37
    3. H. Clark Barrett
      Pages 39-49
    4. Lee A. Kirkpatrick
      Pages 69-79
    5. Jennifer Vonk, Molly McGuire, Zoe Johnson-Ulrich
      Pages 81-94
  4. Self

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Raymond L. Neubauer
      Pages 97-114
    3. Justin H. Park, Florian van Leeuwen
      Pages 115-125
    4. Phillip S. Kavanagh, Hayley E. Scrutton
      Pages 127-136
    5. William von Hippel
      Pages 149-158
  5. Attitudes and Attitudinal Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Charles G. Lord, Sarah E. Hill, Christopher J. Holland, Kristin Yoke, Tong Lu
      Pages 177-187
    3. Julie C. Coultas, Edwin J. C. van Leeuwen
      Pages 189-202
    4. Lisa L. M. Welling, Sylis C. A. Nicolas
      Pages 203-214
  6. Interpersonal Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Dennis L. Krebs
      Pages 231-242
    3. Tatsuya Kameda, Mark Van Vugt, R. Scott Tindale
      Pages 243-253
    4. Daniel Hruschka, Joseph Hackman, Shane Macfarlan
      Pages 255-266
    5. Mike Prentice, Kennon M. Sheldon
      Pages 267-277
    6. Thomas C. Scott-Phillips
      Pages 279-289
    7. Jacqui Hutchison, Douglas Martin
      Pages 291-301
  7. Mating and Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Anthony C. Little
      Pages 319-332
    3. Paul L. Vasey, Doug P. VanderLaan
      Pages 333-346
    4. Catherine Salmon
      Pages 347-361
    5. Aurelio José Figueredo, Emily Anne Patch, Carlos Ernesto Gómez Ceballos
      Pages 363-372
  8. Violence and Aggression

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-373
    2. John M. Friend, Bradley Thayer
      Pages 375-386
    3. Anthony A. Volk, Victoria Della Cioppa, Megan Earle, Ann H. Farrell
      Pages 387-399
    4. Scott Atran, Hammad Sheikh
      Pages 401-416
  9. Health and Psychological Adjustment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 417-417
    2. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
      Pages 419-437
    3. Bjørn Grinde
      Pages 439-447
  10. Individual Differences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 449-449
    2. Pieter van den Berg, Franz J. Weissing
      Pages 451-463
    3. Jon A. Sefcek, Candace J. Black, Pedro S. Wolf
      Pages 465-477
    4. Nicholas S. Holtzman, M. Brent Donnellan
      Pages 479-489
  11. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
    2. Lisa L. M. Welling, Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford
      Pages 493-501
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 503-505

About this book


This wide-ranging collection demonstrates the continuing impact of evolutionary thinking on social psychology research. This perspective is explored in the larger context of social psychology, which is divisible into several major areas including social cognition, the self, attitudes and attitude change, interpersonal processes, mating and relationships, violence and aggression, health and psychological adjustment, and individual differences. Within these domains, chapters offer evolutionary insights into salient topics such as social identity, prosocial behavior, conformity, feminism, cyberpsychology, and war. Together, these authors make a rigorous argument for the further integration of the two diverse and sometimes conflicting disciplines. 

Among the topics covered: 

  • How social psychology can be more cognitive without being less social.
  • How the self-esteem system functions to resolve important interpersonal dilemmas.
  • Shared interests of social psychology and cultural evolution.
  • The evolution of stereotypes.
  • An adaptive socio-ecological perspective on social competition and bullying.
  • Evolutionary game theory and personality.

Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology has much to offer students and faculty in both fields as well as evolutionary scientists outside of psychology. This volume can be used as a primary text in graduate courses and as a supplementary text in various upper-level undergraduate courses.


aggression behavioral immune system cognitive neuroscience comparative social cognition cyber-psychology emergent self evolutionary game theory evolutionary personality psychology evolutionary perspectives evolutionary psychology feminism genetics homosexuality human mating interpersonal processes interpersonal relationships language and communication mating and relationships personality development prosocial behavior

Editors and affiliations

  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill
    • 1
  • Lisa L. M. Welling
    • 2
  • Todd K. Shackelford
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-12696-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-12697-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-9898
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-9901
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