Social Behavior: Evolutionary Pathways, Environmental Influences and Impairments


Paulina Watson (Editor)

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SCI027000

Social behavior has broad implications for the survival and reproduction of an organism. Social behaviors often reflect rather complex mechanisms. Through a variety of interactions, individuals establish social relationships (dominant/subordinate, friend/foe, potential mate/mating partner, kin/non-kin). In some cases this may require aggressive physical altercations and more passive interactions such as ritualistic competitions, behavioral sequences, behavioral postures, and other forms of signaling.

Social interactions are dependent on context and environmental influences. Understanding the functional significance and mechanisms driving various social behaviors will require empirical comparative studies with careful consideration of environmental factors. This book provides information on the idea of social behavior in different animals being affected by evolution and the environment. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Sexual Selection under Predation Risk: Adaptation in a Master Architect, The Caribbean Sand Tilefish (pp. 1-46)
Troy A. Baird and Teresa D. Baird (Department of Biology, University of Central Oklahoma)

Chapter 2 – The Social Lives of Reptiles: Attraction, Avoidance and Environmental Influences (pp. 47-70)
Eric D. Roth (Department of Psychology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware)

Chapter 3 – Complicated Social Structure and the Evolution of Sociality in Rodents: Cooperation As the Main Promoting Factor (pp. 71-120)
Vladimir S. Gromov (A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Moscow, Russia)

Chapter 4 – Cell Social Behavior in Prokaryota and Eukaryota (pp. 121-142)
V. V. Isaeva (Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Moscow, Institute of Marine Biology, Vladivostok, Russia)

Chapter 5 – At the Cradle of Psychobiological Risks: Distorted Attachment Organizations in Human Ecological and Evolutionary Context (pp. 143-180)
Imre Lázár, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Semmelweis University, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, Budapest, Hungary)


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