Evolutionary Thought in Psychology: A Brief History

Evolutionary Thought in Psychology: A Brief History

Author(s): Henry Plotkin

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405113779

Online ISBN: 9780470773840

DOI: 10.1002/9780470773840

About this Book

Evolutionary Thought in Psychology: A Brief History traces the history of evolutionary thought in psychology in an accessible and lively fashion and examines the complex and changing relations between psychology and evolutionary theory.


  • First book to trace the history of evolutionary thinking in psychology from its beginnings to the present day in an accessible and lively fashion.
  • Focuses on the rise of evolutionary theories begun by Lamarck and Darwin and the creation of the science of psychology.
  • Explains evolutionary thought's banishment by behaviorism and cultural anthropology in the early 20th century, along with its eventual re-emergence through ethology and sociobiology.
  • Examines the complex and changing relations between psychology and evolutionary theory.

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