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Social Intelligence: From Brain to Culture

Presents an impressive range of contributions from leading figures in psychology and biology, examining the social intelligence hypothesis
Shows why social intelligence is important, how it has developed, and the brain mechanisms upon it relies

By: Nathan Emery (Editor), Nicola Clayton (Editor), Chris Frith (Editor)

445 pages, 66 b/w photos, 55 b/w illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Nov 2007 | #224078 | ISBN-13: 9780199216543
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About this book

Why are humans so clever? The 'Social intelligence' hypothesis explores the idea that this cleverness has evolved through the increasing complexity of social groups. Our ability to understand and control nature is a by-product of our ability to understand the mental states of others and to use this knowledge to co-operate or deceive. These abilities have not emerged out of the blue. They can be found in many social animals that co-operate and compete with one another, birds as well as mammals.

Social Intelligence brings together contributions from an impressive list of authorities in the field, appropriately concluding with a chapter by Nick Humphrey (one of the pioneers in this field). Social Intelligence examines social intelligence in many different animal species and explores its development, evolution and the brain systems upon which it depends. Better understanding and further development of social intelligence is critical for the future of the human race and the world that we inhabit. Our problems will not be solved by mere cleverness, but by increased social co-operation.


Contents

Nathan J Emery, Nicola S Clayton & Chris D Frith: Introduction: Social intelligence: from brain to culture

1: Nathan J Emery, Amanda M Seed, Auguste M P von Bayern & Nicola S Clayton: Cognitive adaptations of social bonding in birds
2: Nicola S Clayton, Joanna M Dally & Nathan J Emery: Social cognition by food-caching corvids: the western scrub-jay as a natural psychologist
3: Kay E Holekamp, Sharleen T Sakai & Barbara L Lundrigan: Social intelligence in the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
4: Joan B Silk: The adaptive value of soicality in mammalian agroups
5: Louise Barrett, Peter Henzi & Drew Rendall: Social brains, simple minds: does social complexity really require cognitive complexity?
6: Richard W Byrne: Culture in great apes: using intricate complexity in feeding skills to trace the evolutionary origin of human technical prowess
7: Richard C Connor: Dolphin social intelligence: complex alliance relationships in bottlenose dolphins and a consideration of selective environments for extreme brain size evolution in mammals
8: Andrew Whiten & Carel P van Schaik: The evolution of animal 'cultures' and social intelligence
9: Vasudevi Reddy: Getting back to the rough ground: deception and 'social living'
10: Henrike Moll & Michael Tomasello: Cooperation and human cognition: the Vygotskian intelligence hypothesis
11: R I M Dunbar & Susanne Shultz: Understanding primate brain evolution
12: Vittorio Gallese: Before and below 'theory of mind': embodied simulation and the neural correlates of social cognition
13: Chris D Frith: The social brain?
14: Kerstin Dautenhahn: Socially intelligent robots: dimensions of human-robot interaction
15: Steven Mithen: Did farming arise from a misappliction of social intelligence?
16: Kim Sterelny: Social intelligence, human intelligence and niche construction
17: Derek C Penn & Daniel J Povinelli: On the lack of evidence that non-human animals possess anything remotely resembling a 'theory of mind'
18: Nicholas Humphrey: The society of selves


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Biography

Edited by Nathan Emery, Sub-department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, UK, Nicola Clayton, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK, and Chris Frith, Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK


Contributors:
Louise Barrett, Dept of Psychology, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Richard W Byrne, Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolution, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, UK
Nicola S Clayton, Dept of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK
Richard C Connor, Biology Dept, University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth MA, USA
Joanna M Dally, Dept of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK
Kerstin Dautenhahn, School of Computer Science, Unversity of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
R I M Dunbar, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK
Nathan J Emery, Sub-department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, UK
Chris D Frith, Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK
Vittorio Gallese, Dept of Neuroscience, Section of Physiology, University of Parma, Italy
Peter Henzi, Dept of Psychology, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Kay E Holekamp, Dept of Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, USA
Nicholas Humphrey, Centre for Philosophy of Natural & Social Science, London School of Economics, London, UK
Barbara L Lundrigan, Dept of Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, USA
Steven Mithen, School of Human & Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, UK
Henrike Moll, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Psychology, Leipzig, Germany
Derek C Penn, Cognitive Evolution Group, University of Louisiana, Lafayette LA, USA
Daniel J Povinelli, Cognitive Evolution Group, University of Louisiana, Lafayette LA, USA
Vasudevi Reddy, Dept of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK
Drew Rendall, Dept of Psychology, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Sharleen T Sakai, Dept of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, USA
Amanda M Seed, Dept of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK
Joan B Silk, Dept of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Carel P van Schaik, Anthropoligical Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Susanne Shultz, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK
Kim Sterelny, Philosophy Program, Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Michael Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Psychology, Leipzig, Germany
Auguste M P von Bayern, Sub-department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, UK
Andrew Whiten, Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolution, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, UK

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