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Biological Bases of Human Behavior

ISBN-10: 0205279937
ISBN-13: 9780205279937
Edition: 1st 2000
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Description: The Biological Basis of Human Behavior accomplishes what numerous introductory books have failed to do: present an evolutionary explanation of why it is we do what we do. This comprehensive book brings together a diverse number of traditionally  More...

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Book details

List price: $60.20
Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/21/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 331
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The Biological Basis of Human Behavior accomplishes what numerous introductory books have failed to do: present an evolutionary explanation of why it is we do what we do. This comprehensive book brings together a diverse number of traditionally separate disciplines including paleoanthropology, psychology, and sociology in its attempt to understand human traits. Rich in controversial topics, this text integrates subjects such as paleontology, speech, the structure of the brain, Eve, and the rather odd way in which humans reproduce. Written as a narrative, this excellent learning tool relates modern behavior to the past environments, stresses, and challenges still evident in the modern human world. For anyone interested in the biological bases of human behavior; psychology; or anthropology.

Each chapter concludes with “Summary,”
“Questions for Review,”
“Mind and Body Experiments,” and “Suggested Readings.”
Goals and Foundations
Philosophical and Scientific Approaches to the Study of Human Behavior
Evolutionary Biology
The Growth of Natural Selection Theory
The Mechanism of Natural Selection
The Modern Synthetic Theory of Evolution
Sociobiology
Evolutionary Biology in Time and Space
Principals of Paleobiology
Classification and Taxonomy
The Species Concept in Time and Space
The Social Sciences and Evolutionary Psychology
A Methodology for Evolutionary Psychology
Mammals and Nonhuman Primates
Geology and Evolution
The Emergence of Mammals
Interpreting the Fossil Record
Vertebrates, Mammals, and Primates
The Rise of Mammals
The Primates
Hominoids (Apes and Hominids)
Hominid Evolution
Hominid Bipedalism
Theories for the Rise of Bipedalism
The Australopithecines
The Evolution of the GenusHomo
Neanderthals
Anatomically ModernHomo sapiens
The Neolithic
The Origins of Cultural Complexity
Hunters and Gatherers and Cultural Universals
A Brief Survey of the Characteristics of Recent Hunters and Gatherers
Cultural Universals and Alleged Exceptions
The Triune and Bicameral Brain
Major Debates in Attempts to Understand the Brain
Sexual Dimorphism in the Brain
Consciousness
Language and Communication
Communication
A Definition of Language
Nonhuman Primate Experiments
Cetaceans Studies
The Origin of Language
The Antiquity of Languages
Individual Language Acquisition
Language and Society
Other Forms of Communication
Music, Dancing, and Art
Physical Touch
Sex, Reproduction, and Love
Human Reproductive Strategy
The Mystery of the Orgasm
Pair Bonding and Pair Breaking
Sociosexual Regulation of Copulation
Homosexuality
Rape
Love
Freudian Thought
Sex and Sociobiology
Intelligence, Learning, and Memory
IQ Tests
Modern Scientific Studies of Intelligence
Memory and Learning
Interspecies Comparisons of Intelligence and Memory
Behavioral Plasticity
Sleep and Dreams
Body Cycles and Rhythms
Sleep
Dreams
The Meaning and Function of Dreams
The Bottom Line
The Past
The Present
The Future
On Philosophers and the Infinite
The Organic and the Superorganic- Admonitions about Rain Gods
Table 10-1: The Bottom Line
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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