Endocrinology of Social Relationships

Endocrinology of Social Relationships

by Peter T. Ellison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674031172

ISBN-13: 9780674031173

Pub. Date: 02/15/2009

Publisher: Harvard

In social relationships—whether between mates, parents and offspring, or friends—we find much of life’s meaning. But in these relationships, so critical to our well-being, might we also detect the workings, even directives, of biology? This book, a rare melding of human and animal research and theoretical and empirical science, ventures into the

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In social relationships—whether between mates, parents and offspring, or friends—we find much of life’s meaning. But in these relationships, so critical to our well-being, might we also detect the workings, even directives, of biology? This book, a rare melding of human and animal research and theoretical and empirical science, ventures into the most interesting realms of behavioral biology to examine the intimate role of endocrinology in social relationships.

The importance of hormones to reproductive behavior—from breeding cycles to male sexual display—is well known. What this book considers is the increasing evidence that hormones are just as important to social behavior. Peter Ellison and Peter Gray include the latest findings—both practical and theoretical—on the hormonal component of both casual interactions and fundamental bonds. The contributors, senior scholars and rising scientists whose work is shaping the field, go beyond the proximate mechanics of neuroendocrine physiology to integrate behavioral endocrinology with areas such as reproductive ecology and life history theory. Ranging broadly across taxa, from birds and rodents to primates, the volume pays particular attention to human endocrinology and social relationships, a focus largely missing from most works of behavioral endocrinology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674031173
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Peter B. Gray Gray, Peter B. Peter T. Ellison Ellison, Peter T. 1

Pt. 1 Theoretical and Empirical Context

1 Evolution and Ecological Diversity in Animal Mating and Parenting Systems Phyllis C. Lee Lee, Phyllis C. 13

2 Neuroendocrine Mechanisms Underlying Social Relationships Kim Wallen Wallen, Kim Janice Hassett Hassett, Janice 32

3 Social Relationships and Reproductive Ecology Peter T. Ellison Ellison, Peter T. 54

4 Hormone-Behavior Interrelationships in a Changing Environment John C. Wingfield Wingfield, John C. 74

5 The Endocrinology of the Human Adaptive Complex Jane B. Lancaster Lancaster, Jane B. Hillard S. Kaplan Kaplan, Hillard S. 95

Pt. 2 Social Relationships among Nonhuman Animals

6 The Endocrinology of Social Relationships in Rodents C. Sue Carter Carter, C. Sue Ericka Boone Boone, Ericka Angela J. Grippo Grippo, Angela J. Michael Ruscio Ruscio, Michael Karen L. Bales Bales, Karen L. 121

7 The Endocrinology of Family Relationships in Biparental Monkeys Toni E. Ziegler Ziegler, Toni E. Charles T. Snowdon Snowdon, Charles T. 138

8 Hormonal and Neurochemical Influences on Aggression in Group-Living Monkeys Lynn A. Fairbanks Fairbanks, Lynn A. 159

9 The Endocrinology of Intersexual Relationships in the Apes Melissa Emery Thompson Thompson, Melissa Emery 196

Pt. 3 Social Relationships among Humans

10 Human Sex Differences in Social Relationships: Organizational and Activational Effects of Androgens Matthew H. McIntyre McIntyre, Matthew H. Carole K. Hooven Hooven, Carole K. 225

11 The Role of Sex Hormones in the Initiation of Human Mating Relationships James R. Roney Roney, James R. 246

12 Human Male Testosterone, Pair-Bonding, andFatherhood Peter B. Gray Gray, Peter B. Benjamin C. Campbell Campbell, Benjamin C. 270

13 Neurobiology of Human Maternal Care Alison S. Fleming Fleming, Alison S. Andrea Gonzalez Gonzalez, Andrea 294

14 Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Human Social Behavior Roxanne Sanchez Sanchez, Roxanne Jeffrey C. Parkin Parkin, Jeffrey C. Jennie Y. Chen Chen, Jennie Y. Peter B. Gray Gray, Peter B. 319

15 Androgens and Diversity in Adult Human Partnering Sari M. van Anders van Anders, Sari M. 340

16 Early Life Influences on the Ontogeny of the Neuroendocrine Stress Response in the Human Child Pablo Nepomnaschy Nepomnaschy, Pablo Mark Flinn Flinn, Mark 364

References 385

Contributors 491

Index 493

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