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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

Science

The editors and their authors have produced a definitive and scholarly, yet readable, state-of-the-art presentation of a fascinating and timely topic. This landmark volume is rich in ideas, conclusions, and questions for the future. As the editors point out, we are all being exposed, like it or not, to hormones in the environment and to ads full of claims about the benefits of administering hormones. We need to understand how such hormones might (or might not) be affecting social relationships. Will spraying on some oxytocin make your colleagues like you? Probably not, but reading Endocrinology of Social Relationships produced warm feelings about the ability of good science to illuminate the human condition.
— Elizabeth Adkins-Regan

Evolutionary Psychology

[This book] is an incredible resource for anyone who has studied or ever wondered about the biological underpinnings of human's (or even non-human's) social interactions...In the past 15 years, there have been many studies published on the topic of hormones' roles in social relationships, but never before has there been one definitive volume that reviews the entire area with such a high degree of accuracy. Given that some developments within this area have been recent, the book represents a formidable effort to collect the modern work into one volume, and as a result, it will serve as a "go-to" text for many years.
— Maryanne Fisher

Katherine E. Wynne-Edwards
The first volume to pull together the emerging field of human behavioral endocrinology as the product of a long evolutionary history exerting subtle influences throughout modern societies. The distinguished and authoritative assemblage of authors share their enthusiasm and leave no doubt that this will be an influential scientific discipline in the years to come.
Science - Elizabeth Adkins-Regan
The editors and their authors have produced a definitive and scholarly, yet readable, state-of-the-art presentation of a fascinating and timely topic. This landmark volume is rich in ideas, conclusions, and questions for the future. As the editors point out, we are all being exposed, like it or not, to hormones in the environment and to ads full of claims about the benefits of administering hormones. We need to understand how such hormones might (or might not) be affecting social relationships. Will spraying on some oxytocin make your colleagues like you? Probably not, but reading Endocrinology of Social Relationships produced warm feelings about the ability of good science to illuminate the human condition.
Evolutionary Psychology - Maryanne Fisher
[This book] is an incredible resource for anyone who has studied or ever wondered about the biological underpinnings of human's (or even non-human's) social interactions...In the past 15 years, there have been many studies published on the topic of hormones' roles in social relationships, but never before has there been one definitive volume that reviews the entire area with such a high degree of accuracy. Given that some developments within this area have been recent, the book represents a formidable effort to collect the modern work into one volume, and as a result, it will serve as a "go-to" text for many years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674031173
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter T. Ellison is John Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Peter B. Gray is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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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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