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Social Behaviour


  • 89 b/w illus. 13 tables
  • Page extent: 576 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 1.22 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521709620)

Humans live in large and extensive societies and spend much of their time interacting socially. Likewise, most other animals also interact socially. Social behaviour is of constant fascination to biologists and psychologists of many disciplines, from behavioural ecology to comparative biology and sociobiology. The two major approaches used to study social behaviour involve either the mechanism of behaviour - where it has come from and how it has evolved, or the function of the behaviour studied. With guest articles from leaders in the field, theoretical foundations along with recent advances are presented to give a truly multidisciplinary overview of social behaviour, for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Topics include aggression, communication, group living, sexual behaviour and co-operative breeding. With examples ranging from bacteria to social mammals and humans, a variety of research tools are used, including candidate gene approaches, quantitative genetics, neuro-endocrine studies, cost-benefit and phylogenetic analyses and evolutionary game theory.

• Proposes a novel way of looking at social traits using a systems biology approach, encouraging new studies using this new approach • Covers a broad range of taxa, from bacteria to humans. Will appeal to readers from a wide range of disciplines • Gives personalised accounts from noted authorities of why social behaviour is interesting. Appealing to those interested in the development and history of the field


Introduction Tamás Székely, Allen J. Moore and Jan Komdeur; Part I. Foundations: 1. Nature-nurture interactions Marla B. Sokolowski and Joel D. Levine; 2. The quantitative genetics of social behaviour Bronwyn H. Bleakley, Jason B. Wolf and Allen J. Moore; 3. Social behaviour and bird-song from a neural and endocrine perspective Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, Timothy J. DeVoogd and Jordan M. Moore; 4. Evolutionary game theory John M. McNamara and Franz J. Weissing; 5. Recent advances in comparative methods Robert P. Freckleton and Mark Pagel; 6. Social evolution theory: a review of methods and approaches Tom Wenseleers, Andy Gardner and Kevin R. Foster; Part II. Themes: 7. Aggression: towards an integration of gene, brain and behaviour Robert Huber and Edward A. Kravitz; 8. Social influences on communication signals: from honesty to exploitation Mark E. Hauber and Marlene Zuk; 9. Important topics in group living Jens Krause and Graeme Ruxton; 10. Sexual behaviour: conflict, cooperation and co-evolution Tomasso Pizzari and Russell Bonduriansky; 11. Pair bonds and parental behaviour Lisa McGraw, Tamás Székely and Larry J. Young; 12. Adaptations and constraints in the evolution of delayed dispersal: implications for cooperation Jan Komdeur and Jan Ekman; 13. Social behaviour in microorganisms Kevin R. Foster; 14. Social environments, social tactics and their fitness consequences in complex mammalian societies Marion L. East and Heribert Hofer; 15. Social behaviour in humans Ruth Mace; Part III. Implications: 16. Personality and individual social specialisation Denis Réale and Niels J. Dingemanse; 17. Molecular and genetic influences on the neural substrate of social cognition in humans Louise Gallagher and David Skuse; 18. Population density, social behaviour and sex allocation Suzanne H. Alonzo and Ben C. Sheldon; 19. Social behaviour and speciation Gerald S. Wilkinson and Leanna M. Birge; 20. Social behaviour in conservation Daniel T. Blumstein; 21. Prospects for research in social behaviour: systems biology meets behaviour Allen J. Moore, Tamás Székely and Jan Komdeur; Part IV. Profiles: 22. Undiminished passion Tim Birkhead; 23. Social evolution, sexual intrigue and serendipity Andrew Cockburn; 24. Mating systems: integrating sexual conflict and ecology Nicholas B. Davies; 25. In love with Ropalidia marginata – for 34 years, and still going strong Raghavendra Gadagkar; 26. The Huddler's Dilemma: a cold shoulder or a warm inner glow David Haig; 27. Multi-component signals in ant communication Bert Hölldobler; 28. What's wrong with this picture? Sarah B. Hrdy; 29. From behavioural observations, to genes, to evolution Laurent Keller; 30. Reputation can make the world go round – or why we are sometimes social Manfred Milinski; 31. A haphazard career Ronald Noë; 32. In celebration of questions, past, present and future Geoff A. Parker; 33. Mating systems and genetic variation Marion Petrie; 34. Selections from a life in social selection David C. Queller; 35. The de novo evolution of cooperation: an unlikely event Paul B. Rainey; 36. Evolutionary genetics and social behaviour Mike Ritchie; 37. Genes and social behaviour: from gene to genome to 1000 animal genomes Gene E. Robinson; 38. Behavioural ecology, why do I love thee? Let me count the ways Paul W. Sherman; 39. Anonymous (and other) social experience and the evolution of cooperation by reciprocity Michael Taborsky; 40. Social theory based on natural selection Robert Trivers; 41. Look to the ants Edward O. Wilson; 42. The handicap principle and social behaviour Amotz Zahavi .


'Székely, Komdeur and Moore have assembled a hugely successful edited collection on the biology of social behavior. The coverage is up-to-date and complete, dealing with the full range of proximate and ultimate causes of social behavior as well as a broad range of social organisms from bacteria to humans. The chapter authors are leaders in their fields. Interspersed among the sophisticated but accessible review chapters are short, lively essays written by prominent sociobiologists. An indispensable book for all behavioral biologists and their students.' John Alcock, Arizona State University

'Social Behaviour: Genes, Ecology and Evolution provides the first extensive synthesis of research on animal social behaviour since the publication of E. O. Wilson's Sociobiology in 1974. The book brings together important reviews of the ecology, genetics and evolution of social behaviour by over sixty research leaders in this field to describe the past accomplishments of the field, outline current problems and suggest future objectives. It will be necessary reading for anyone involved in research in this area.' Tim Clutton-Brock, University of Cambridge

'This is an excellent book, that I thoroughly recommend! Social Behaviour shows that not only does everybody have a social life, but that it is the social aspects of life that are the most interesting. Sociality spices things up, leading to conflicts, but also the chance for cooperation. Whilst this has led to cool natural history, it also results in questions that cut to the core of how natural selection works. In Social Behaviour, some of the world's leading researchers do an excellent job of synthesising the huge progress that has been made over especially the last 50 years. The remit is broad, moving from the fruiting bodies of slime moulds to wealth inheritance in humans, but this [is] done almost seamlessly, demonstrating the power of evolutionary theory. By showing the excitement of the field, the great success stories, and the outstanding mysteries, this book is sure to stimulate the next generation of researchers and refresh the older generation.' Stuart West, University of Oxford

'… invaluable reading for everyone interested in the evolution of social life …' Mammalia


Tamás Székely, Allen J. Moore, Jan Komdeur, Marla B. Sokolowski, Joel D. Levine, Bronwyn H. Bleakley, Jason B. Wolf, Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, Timothy J. DeVoogd, Jordan M. Moore, John M. McNamara, Franz J. Weissing, Robert P. Freckleton, Mark Pagel, Tom Wenseleers, Andy Gardner, Kevin R. Foster, Robert Huber, Edward A. Kravitz, Mark E. Hauber, Marlene Zuk, Jens Krause, Graeme Ruxton, Tomasso Pizzari, Russell Bonduriansky, Lisa McGraw, Larry J. Young, Jan Ekman, Marion L. East, Heribert Hofer, Ruth Mace, Denis Réale, Niels J. Dingemanse, Louise Gallagher, David Skuse, Suzanne H. Alonzo, Ben C. Sheldon, Gerald S. Wilkinson, Leanna M. Birge, Daniel T. Blumstein, Tim Birkhead, Andrew Cockburn, Nicholas B. Davies, Raghavendra Gadagkar, David Haig, Bert Hölldobler, Sarah B. Hrdy, Laurent Keller, Manfred Milinski, Ronald Noë, Geoff A. Parker, Marion Petrie, David C. Queller, Paul B. Rainey, Mike Ritchie, Gene E. Robinson, Paul W. Sherman, Michael Taborsky, Robert Trivers, Edward O. Wilson, Amotz Zahavi

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