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Evolutionary Forensic Psychology: Darwinian Foundations of Crime and Law

Joshua Duntley and Todd K. Shackelford


The field of forensic psychology explores the intersection of psychology and the law. The purpose of this book is to examine topics in the field, using the powerful, multidisciplinary, conceptually integrated approach that the natural sciences have embraced for decades with great success. Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is the meta-theoretical framework that unifies the field of biology. It unites research with understanding of the development, control, and organization of behavior. The study of humans, which includes all of the social sciences, is part of the field of biolog ... More

Keywords: evolutionary forensic psychology, natural sciences, Darwin, theory of evolution, natural selection, behavior, study of humans, evolutionary processes, physiological characteristics, survival

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195325188
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325188.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Duntley, editor
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Todd K. Shackelford, editor
Florida Atlantic University

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Part One Introduction and Overview

1 Evolutionary Forensic Psychology

Todd K. Shackelford, and Joshua D. Duntley

Part Two Adaptation And Violent Crimes

3 The Origins of Homicide

Joshua D. Duntley, and David M. Buss

4 Intimate Partner Violence

Aaron T Goetz, Todd K. Shackelford, Valerie G. Starratt, and William F Mckibbin

Part Three Adaptation And Sex Crimes

6 Evolutionary Psychological Perspectives on Rape

William F. Mckibbin, Todd K. Shackelford, Aaron T. Goetz, and Valerie G. Starratt

Part Four Adaptation And The Production Of Criminal Behavior

8 Risk-Taking, Antisocial Behavior, and Life Histories

Sandeep Mishra, and Martin L. LalumiÈre

9 Theft

Satoshi Kanazawa

10 In Cold Blood

Martin L. LalumiÈre, Sandeep Mishra, and Grant T. Harris

Part Five Victims Of Crime

11 Victim Adaptations

Joshua D. Duntley, and Todd K. Shackelford

Part Six Applications And Future Directions

14 Did the Victim Deserve to Die?

Thomson J. Anderson Jr.