Skip to content
Open global navigation

Cambridge University Press

AcademicLocation selectorSearch toggleMain navigation toggle

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

Evolutionary Psychology
An Introduction

3rd Edition

$120.00 (X)

  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107044647

$120.00 (X)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Request examination copy

Instructors may request a copy of this title for examination

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Written for undergraduate psychology students, and assuming little knowledge of evolutionary science, the third edition of this classic textbook provides an essential introduction to evolutionary psychology. Fully updated with the latest research and new learning features, it provides a thought-provoking overview of evolution and illuminates the evolutionary foundation of many of the broader topics taught in psychology departments. The text retains its balanced and critical evaluation of hypotheses and full coverage of the fundamental topics required for undergraduates. This new edition includes more material on the social and reproductive behaviour of non-human primates, morality, cognition, development and culture as well as new photos, illustrations, text boxes and thought questions to support student learning. Some 280 online multiple choice questions complete the student questioning package. This new material complements the classic features of this text, which include suggestions for further reading, chapter summaries, a glossary, and two-colour figures throughout.

    • Specifically written for psychology students, assuming no prior knowledge of evolutionary science and biology
    • Includes more material on the social and reproductive behaviour of non-human primates, morality, cognition, development and culture
    • New and enhanced pedagogy includes twice the number of thought questions per chapter, new text boxes, an online test bank of nearly 300 multiple choice questions, and updated photos, figures and illustrations throughout
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Workman and Reader is a refreshing book in the growing stack of textbooks in evolutionary psychology. Especially from a theoretical perspective it stands out, because it does not present the field as the closed theoretical system one finds in most classic textbooks on the topic. Rather it presents evolutionary psychology as a multifaceted approach to human behavior; surveying known empirical research and accepted theories while critically speculating about unknown territory. Consequently, the book covers more territory than usually is the case, venturing into parts of developmental, cognitive and social psychology that most other textbooks evade. Together with its accessible style and presentation, this makes Workman and Reader almost an introduction in psychology from an evolutionary perspective, rather than just an introduction in evolutionary psychology; and that is an admirable feat."
    Jannes Eshuis, Open University of the Netherlands

    "In this third edition to Evolutionary Psychology, Lance Workman and Will Reader clearly explain the essential links among evolutionary principles and behavior. We are indebted to the authors for a thoughtful presentation of this developing area of study and for a unique historical and comparative approach. Students and professionals will benefit."
    Del Thiessen, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Austin

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107044647
    • length: 561 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 197 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.36kg
    • contains: 89 b/w illus. 26 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to evolutionary psychology
    2. Mechanisms of evolutionary change
    3. Sexual selection
    4. The evolution of human mate choice
    5. Cognitive development and the innateness issue
    6. Social development
    7. The evolutionary psychology of social behaviour – kin relationships and conflict
    8. The evolutionary psychology of social behaviour – reciprocity and group behaviour
    9. Evolution, thought and cognition
    10. The evolution of language
    11. The evolution of emotion
    12. Evolutionary psychopathology and Darwinian medicine
    13. Evolution and individual differences
    14. Evolutionary psychology and culture.

  • Resources for

    Evolutionary Psychology

    Lance Workman, Will Reader

    Welcome to the resources site

    Here you will find free-of-charge online materials to accompany this book. The range of materials we provide across our academic and higher education titles are an integral part of the book package whether you are a student, instructor, researcher or professional.

    Find resources associated with this title

    Type Name Unlocked * Format Size

    Showing of

    Back to top

    *This title has one or more locked files and access is given only to instructors adopting the textbook for their class. We need to enforce this strictly so that solutions are not made available to students. To gain access to locked resources you either need first to sign in or register for an account.

    These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

  • Authors

    Lance Workman, Sheffield Hallam University
    Lance Workman is Honorary Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Glamorgan.

    Will Reader, University of South Wales
    Will Reader is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Back to top

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel Delete

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.