An introduction to evolutionary models of human social behavior

Kevin Laland*, Gillian Brown

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We provide brief overviews and critical analyses of five evolutionary approaches to the study of human behavior: Human sociobiology, human behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology, cultural evolution (memetics), and gene-culture coevolution. We go on to discuss how the five approaches differ in the emphasis they place on the role of social transmission in explaining human behavioral variation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Information Transmission and Human Biology
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781420005837
ISBN (Print)9780849340475
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2006


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