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Sociobiology of Communication: an interdisciplinary perspective
     

Sociobiology of Communication: an interdisciplinary perspective

by Patrizia d'Ettorre, David P. Hughes
 

ISBN-10: 0199216835

ISBN-13: 9780199216833

Pub. Date: 10/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Communication is essential for all forms of social interaction, from parental care to mate choice and cooperation. This is evident for human societies but less obvious for bacterial biofilms, ant colonies or flocks of birds. The major disciplines of communication research have tried to identify common core principles, but syntheses have been few because historical

Overview

Communication is essential for all forms of social interaction, from parental care to mate choice and cooperation. This is evident for human societies but less obvious for bacterial biofilms, ant colonies or flocks of birds. The major disciplines of communication research have tried to identify common core principles, but syntheses have been few because historical barriers have limited interaction between different research fields.

Sociobiology of Communication is a timely and novel synthesis. It bridges many of the gaps between proximate and ultimate levels of analysis, between empirical model systems, and between biology and the humanities. The book offers the complementary approaches of a distinguished group of authors spanning a large diversity of research programs, addressing, for example, the genetic basis of bacterial communication, dishonest communication in insect societies, sexual selection and network communication among colonial vertebrates. Other chapters explore the role of communication in genomic conflict and self-organisation, and how linguistics, psychology and philosophy may ultimately contribute to a biological understanding of human mate choice and the evolution of human societies.

This highly interdisciplinary book highlights key examples of modern research to explore the genetic, neurobiological, physiological, chemical and behavioural basis of social communication. It identifies where consensus on the general principles is emerging and where the major future challenges are to be found. The book is therefore suitable for both for graduate students and professionals in evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology seeking novel inspiration, and for a wider academic audience, including social and medical scientists who would like to explore what evolutionary approaches can offer to their fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199216833
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, Patrizia d'Ettorre & David P. Hughes
1. The Handicap Principle and Signalling in Collaborative Systems, Amotz Zahavi
2. Communication in Bacteria, Steve Diggle, Stuart West, Andy Gardner & Ashleigh Griffin
3. Communication in Social Networks of Territorial Animals: Networking at Different Levels in Birds and Other Systems, Giuliano Matessi, Ricardo Matos & Torben Dabelsteen
4. Communication between Hosts and Social Parasites, David Nash and J.J. Boomsma
5. Chemical Communication and the Coordination of Social Interactions in Insects, Patrizia d'Ettorre & Allen Moore
6. Chemical Communication in Societies of Rodents, Jane Hurst and Robert Beyon
7. Neurobiology of Olfactory Communication in the Honeybee, Maria Gabriela de Brito-Sanchez, Nina Deisig, Jean-Christophe Sandoz & Martin Giurfa
8. Rapid Evolution and Sexual Signals, Marlene Zuk & Robin M.Tinghitella
9. Communication of Mate Quality in Humans, S.Craig Roberts
10. The Extended Phenotype within the Colony and how it Obscurers Social Communication, David P Hughes
11. Synergy in Social Communication, David J.T.Sumpter & Åke Brännström
12. Conflicting Messages: Genomic Imprinting and Internal Communication, David Haig
13. Language Unbound:Genomic Imprinting and Psychosis in the Origin and Evolution of Modern Humans, Bernard Crespi
14. The Evolution of Human Communication and Language, James R. Hurford
15. Why Teach? The Evolutionary Origins and Ecological Consequences of Costly Information Transfer, Livio Roboli-Sasco, Sam Brown & François Taddei
16. Grades of Signalling, Ronnie de Sousa
17. Conclusion, David P. Hughes & Patrizia d'Ettorre
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