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Supernormal stimuli : how primal urges overran their evolutionary purpose, Deirdre Barrett

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Supernormal stimuli : how primal urges overran their evolutionary purpose
Title
Supernormal stimuli
Title remainder
how primal urges overran their evolutionary purpose
Statement of responsibility
Deirdre Barrett
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this book, a Harvard evolutionary psychologist explains how our once-helpful instincts get hijacked in our garish modern world. Our instincts--for food, sex, or territorial protection--evolved for life on the savannahs 10,000 years ago, not in today's world of densely populated cities, technological innovations, and pollution. We now have access to a glut of larger-than-life objects, from candy to pornography to atomic weapons--that gratify these gut instincts with often-dangerous results. Animal biologists coined the term "supernormal stimuli" to describe imitations that appeal to primitive instincts and exert a stronger pull than real things, such as soccer balls that geese prefer over eggs. The author applies this concept to the alarming disconnect between human instinct and our created environment, demonstrating how supernormal stimuli are a major cause of today's most pressing problems, including obesity and war
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barrett, Deirdre
Dewey number
155.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF698.95
LC item number
.B36 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2010 D-837
  • BF 698.95
NLM item number
B274s 2010
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Behavior evolution
Label
Supernormal stimuli : how primal urges overran their evolutionary purpose, Deirdre Barrett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
What are supernormal stimuli? -- Making the ordinary seem strange -- Sex for dummies -- Too cute -- Foraging in food courts -- Defending home, hearth, and hedge fund -- Vicarious social settings from Shakespeare to Survivor -- Intellectual pursuits as supernormal stimuli -- Conclusion: Get off the plaster egg
Control code
ocn317919845
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
216 p.
Isbn
9780393068481
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009037078
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1216966
  • (OCoLC)317919845
Label
Supernormal stimuli : how primal urges overran their evolutionary purpose, Deirdre Barrett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
What are supernormal stimuli? -- Making the ordinary seem strange -- Sex for dummies -- Too cute -- Foraging in food courts -- Defending home, hearth, and hedge fund -- Vicarious social settings from Shakespeare to Survivor -- Intellectual pursuits as supernormal stimuli -- Conclusion: Get off the plaster egg
Control code
ocn317919845
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
216 p.
Isbn
9780393068481
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009037078
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1216966
  • (OCoLC)317919845

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