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Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Perspectives on Death

Editors: Shackelford, Todd K., Zeigler-Hill, Virgil (Eds.)

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The latest volume in this multidisciplinary series on key topics in evolutionary studies, Evolutionary Perspectives on Death provides an evolutionary analysis of mortality and the consideration of death. Bringing together noted experts from a variety of fields, the books emanate from conferences held at Oakland University, and are dedicated to providing wide ranging and occasionally provocative views of human evolution. The volume on death covers topics from biology, anthropology, psychology, sociology and philosophy, with contributors addressing how evolution informs the process of comprehending, grieving, depicting, celebrating, and accepting death.

Among the topics covered:

  • Evolutionary perspectives on the loss of a twin
  • Nonhuman primate responses to death
  • Death in literature
  • Witnessing and representing the death of pets
  • The role of human decomposition facilities in shaping American perspectives on death

This insightful volume showcases groundbreaking empirical and theoretical research addressing death and mortality from an evolutionary perspective, demonstrating the intellectual value of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding psychological processes and behavior.

Chapter 6 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com.

About the authors

Todd K. Shackelford received his Ph.D. in evolutionary psychology in 1997 from the University of Texas–Austin. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he is Co-Director of the Evolutionary Psychology Lab. He led the founding of new Ph.D. and M.S. programs, which launched in 2012. Shackelford has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and has edited 10 volumes, and his work has been cited over 7,000 times. Much of Shackelford’s research addresses sexual conflict between men and women, with a special focus on testing hypotheses derived from sperm competition theory. Since 2006, Shackelford has served as editor of Evolutionary Psychology.
Virgil Zeigler-Hill received his Ph.D. in social-personality psychology in 2004 from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Oakland University. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. His primary research interests are in four interrelated areas: self-esteem, narcissism, cognitive representations of the self, and interpersonal relationships.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • The Role of Death in Life: Exploring the Interface Between Terror Management Theory and Evolutionary Psychology

    Pages 1-24

    Pyszczynski, Tom

  • Evolutionary Perspectives on the Loss of a Twin

    Pages 25-36

    Segal, Nancy L.

  • Beyond the Search for Suigiston: How Evolution Offers Oxygen for Suicidology

    Pages 37-61

    Soper, C. A., PhD

  • Animacy and Mortality Salience: New Directions for the Adaptive Memory Literature

    Pages 63-76

    Altarriba, Jeanette (et al.)

  • Nonhuman Primate Responses to Death

    Pages 77-107

    Brosnan, Sarah F. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolutionary Perspectives on Death
Editors
  • Todd K. Shackelford
  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill
Series Title
Evolutionary Psychology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25466-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25466-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25465-0
Series ISSN
2197-9898
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 205
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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