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Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods: Evolutionary, Developmental, and Cultural Perspectives

Barry S. Hewlett, (ed.) and
Michael E. Lamb, (ed.)
2005 Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 0-202-30748-4
483 Pages

Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods: Evolutionary, Developmental, and Cultural PerspectivesIn the vast anthropological literature devoted to hunter-gatherer societies, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the place of hunter-gatherer children. Children often represent 40 percent of hunter-gatherer populations, thus nearly half the population is omitted from most hunter-gatherer ethnographies and research. This volume is designed to bridge the gap in our understanding of the daily lives, knowledge, and development of hunter-gatherer children.

Circadian Physiology, Second Edition

Roberto Refinetti
2005 Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0849322332
704 pages

Circadian Physiology, Second EditionWhile the first edition of the critically acclaimed and highly popular Circadian Physiology offered a concise but rigorous review of basic and applied research on circadian rhythms, this newest edition not only updates the material covered in the original, but it also expands its length and scope. It presents many new findings, such as the discovery of new retinal photoreceptors, the identification of several non-hypothalamic circadian pacemakers, and the elucidation of genomic and proteomic mechanisms of biological timing. Three times the length of the original, this volume includes approximately 730 figures and 5,000 bibliographic references.

Creativity from Constraints: The Psychology of Breakthrough

Patricia D. Stokes
2005 Springer
ISBN: 0-8261-7845-6
168 pages

Creativity from Constraints: The Psychology of BreakthroughThis book presents a counterintutitive thesis, that creativity depends on selfimposed, well-considered constraints that come in pairs. One of the pair precludes, the other promotes opposing ways of seeing the world. It supports the thesis by presenting the work of painters, architects, writers, fashion designers, copywriters, and composers in terms of the constraints that produced their works. Monet provides a pivotal example: Impressionism appeared when he precluded dark–light contrasts in order to promote contrasts between closely valued hues. Appendices provide sample exercises for working with constraints.

The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill

David M. Buss
2005 Penguin Press
ISBN: 1-5942-0043-2
288 pages

The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to KillGripping storytelling about specific murder cases — including a never-used FBI file of more than 400,000 murders and a highly detailed study of 400 murders conducted by Buss in collaboration with a forensic psychiatrist, and a pioneering investigation of homicidal fantasies in which Buss found that 91 percent of men and 84 percent of women have had at least one such vivid fantasy. The Murderer Next Door will be necessary reading for those who have been fascinated by books on profiling, lovers of true-crime and murder mysteries, as well as readers intrigued by the inner workings of the human mind.

The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology

David M. Buss (ed.)
2005 Wiley
ISBN: 0-4712-6403-2
1028 pages

The Handbook of Evolutionary PsychologyThe science of evolutionary psychology — which aims to answer such questions as “Why is the mind designed the way it is?” and “How does input from the environment interact with the mind to produce behavior?” — has emerged as a vibrant new discipline making groundbreaking discoveries. In this handbook, leading contributors in the field will discuss the foundations of the field and the most recent discoveries in this burgeoning area of psychology. Designed to set the standard for handbooks in the field, The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology is an indispensable reference tool for every evolutionary psychologist and student.

Observer Vol.19, No.1 January, 2006

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