Sociobiology of Communication: an interdisciplinary perspective

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Overview

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.
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"The purpose of Sociobiology of Communication is to push the envelope of the definition of communication. If one wants to be challenged to think outside of the box, this book represents a good exercise."—Trends in Ecology and Evolution

"Understanding other disciplines, and using their advances to critically examine your own premises is often the way to progress in science. Buy this book if you want to part of that progress."—Myrmecological News

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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)

Meet the Author

Associate Professor Patrizia d'Ettorre> is at the Centre for Social Evolution, University of Copenhagen. Here she is the leader of a Marie Curie Excellence team that studies the evolutionary basis of chemical communication and recognition in insect societies. Her background is in evolutionary biology and the resolution of conflict within societies. Her personal interest in communication is not restricted to social insects, she is expanding her expertise in the evolutionary biology of chemical communication into various interfaces with other relevant disciplines using a variety of model organisms (from insects to humans). Prior to her current position she was a post-doc at the university of Regensburg in Germany and at the University of Tours in France. She received her PhD from the University of Parma, Italy, in 1996.

Dr David P. Hughes is a Marie Curie research fellow at the Centre for Social Evolution, University of Copenhagen. He is interested in the manipulation of social insects by parasites, the evolution of virulence in social insects and organismal biology of parasites in social insect hosts. Before his current position he held a postdoctoral position in Oulu, Finland. He received his PhD from Oxford in 2003.

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Table of Contents

Preface Patrizia d'Ettorre d'Ettorre, Patrizia David P. Hughes Hughes, David P.

1 The handicap principle and signalling in collaborative systems Amotz Zahavi Zahavi, Amotz 1

2 Communication in bacteria Stephen P. Diggle Diggle, Stephen P. Stuart A. West West, Stuart A. Andy Gardner Gardner, Andy Ashleigh S. Griffin Griffin, Ashleigh S. 11

3 Communication in social networks of territorial animals: networking at different levels in birds and other systems Giuliano Matessi Matessi, Giuliano Ricardo J. Matos Matos, Ricardo J. Torben Dabelsteen Dabelsteen, Torben 33

4 Communication between hosts and social parasites David R. Nash Nash, David R. Jacobus J. Boomsma Boomsma, Jacobus J. 55

5 Chemical communication and the coordination of social interactions in insects Patrizia d'Ettorre d'Ettorre, Patrizia Allen J. Moore Moore, Allen J. 81

6 Chemical communication in societies of rodents Jane L. Hurst Hurst, Jane L. Robert J. Beynon Beynon, Robert J. 97

7 Neurobiology of olfactory communication in the honeybee Maria Gabriela de Brito-Sanchez de Brito-Sanchez, Maria Gabriela Nina Deisig Deisig, Nina Jean-Christophe Sandoz Sandoz, Jean-Christophe Martin Giurfa Giurfa, Martin 119

8 Rapid evolution and sexual signals Marlene Zuk Zuk, Marlene Robin M. Tinghitella Tinghitella, Robin M. 139

9 Communication of mate quality in humans S. Craig Roberts Roberts, S. Craig 157

10 The extended phenotype within the colony and how it obscures social communication David P. Hughes Hughes, David P. 171

11 Synergy in social communication David J. T. Sumpter Sumpter, David J. T. Ake Brannstrom Brannstrom, Ake 191

12 Conflicting messages: genomic imprinting and internal communication David HaigHaig, David 209

13 Language unbound: genomic conflict and psychosis in the origin of modern humans Bernard J. Crespi Crespi, Bernard J. 225

14 The evolution of human communication and language James R. Hurford Hurford, James R. 249

15 Why teach? The evolutionary origins and ecological consequences of costly information transfer Livio Riboli-Sasco Riboli-Sasco, Livio Sam Brown Brown, Sam Francois Taddei Taddei, Francois 265

16 Grades of communication Ronald de Sousa de Sousa, Ronald 275

Concluding remarks David P. Hughes Hughes, David P. Patrizia d'Ettorre d'Ettorre, Patrizia 289

Glossary 291

Index 295

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