Social information transmission and human biology / edited by Jonathan C.K. Wells, Simon Strickland, and Kevin Laland.

Boca Raton, FL : CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2006.
1 online resource (307 p.)


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Recent research has emphasized that socially transmitted information may affect both the gene pool and the phenotypes of individuals and populations, and that an improved understanding of evolutionary issues is beneficial to those working towards the improvement of human health. Equally, an improved awareness of how human behavior influences health and reproductive fitness is starting to shed new light on the processes that shape the evolution of human behavior and the human mind. Focusing directly on these emerging trends, Social Information Transmission and Human Biology bridges t
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  • Front Cover; Acknowledgments; Editors; Contributors; Abstract; Contents; 1. Introduction; 2. An Introduction to Evolutionary Models of Human Social Behavior; 3. How Niche Construction Contributes to Human Gene-Culture Coevolution; 4. State and Value: A Perspective from Behavioral Ecology; 5. An Agnostic View of Memes; 6. Biological Ends and Human Social Information Transmission; 7. The Significance of Socially Transmitted Information for Nutrition and Health in the Great Ape Clade; 8. Language: Costs and Benefits of a Specialized System for Social Information Transmission
  • 9. The Evolution of Social Information Transmissionin Homo10. From Cultural History to Cultural Evolution: An Archaeological Perspective on Social Information Transmission; 11. The Uptake of Modern Contraception in a Gambian Community: The Diffusion of an Innovation over 25 Years; 12. Sex without Birth or Death: A Comparison of Two International Humanitarian Movements; 13. Smoking and the New Health Education in Britain, 1950s-1970s; 14. The Demographic and Health Impact of the One Child Family Policy; 15. Social Trends and Psychopathology; 16. Epilogue: Memory, Tradition, and Teleology
  • Index
  • 0-429-12714-6
  • 1-280-65363-9
  • 9786610653638
  • 1-4200-0583-9
  • 10.1201/9781420005837
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