Understanding Human Behavior: Theories, Patterns and Developments


Robert G. Bednarik (Editor)
Convener, President and Editor, International Federation of Rock Art Organisations (IFRAO), Australia

Series: Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology
BISAC: PSY008000

Human behavior is of fundamental importance not only to the individual, but to the community and all of humanity. Now that humans have acquired the capability of interfering with or destroying living systems, it is of great consequence to the planet itself. With this in mind, the book Understanding Human Behavior: Theories, Patterns, and Developments is the result of inviting several leading innovative thinkers to consider how they could contribute to a discussion of understanding human behavior. Their perspectives differ in approach and focus, but they all confirm the great complexity of the topic, and they show that science has hardly scratched its surface.

The eight chapters of this volume are dominated by considerations of how the behavior of humans began and developed in the distant past, during the evolution of early humans. In human sociology, the term ‘behavior’ refers to the range of physical action/reaction and observable emotion associated with individuals today, as well as human society as a whole. But this describes only effects or symptoms of a condition pertaining to today, without considering how it came about, i.e., its original causes. This is examined in several chapters of this book, together with apparent historical trajectories of human behavior in an attempt to explore its etiology. Other contributions investigate more specific aspects of human behavior, including those recorded in history and even in modern times. In summary, this volume provides a well-rounded investigation into current cutting-edge understanding of the origins and nature of human behavior. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Generating Individual Human Behaviors: The Nexus of Causality and Physiology
Lawrence B. Mohr (The University of Michigan, Michigan, USA)

Chapter 2. The Importance of Frontal Lobe Inhibition for the Elaboration of Behavior and the Development of Culture in Hominins
Patricia A. Helvenston (American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Colorado, USA)

Chapter 3. An Etiology of Human Behavior
Robert G. Bednarik (ICRAD, Hebei Normal University, Melbourne, Australia)

Chapter 4. Neotenous Paths to Hominization Part I: Neoteny, Skin, and Hominization
Ahmed Achrati (Department of Anthropology, Howard Community College, Maryland, USA)

Chapter 5. Neotenous Paths to Hominization Part II: Neoteny, Play, and Art
Ahmed Achrati (Department of Anthropology, Howard Community College, Maryland, USA)

Chapter 6. Collective Dissociation: The Origins of Civilized Madness
George F. Steiner (Negev Rock Art Center, Israel)

Chapter 7. A Comparison of Historic Human Behavior and Attitudes Towards New World (Cathartid) and Old World (Accipitrid) Vultures
Michael Campbell (Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Canada)

Chapter 8. Human Behavior Case Studies for the ICT and Automation Industry in Poland
Jozef Bohdan Lewoc, Marion Hersh, Antoni Izworski, Antonina Kieleczawa, Iwona Chomiak-Orsa, Janis³aw Muszyñski, Alicja Kuberska, Thanasis Kamburelis, Bogdan Kasierski, Ryszard Fudala, Marek Tu³a, Zbigniew Kochel, Stanis³aw Olejnik, Piotr Kociatkiewicz, Ludwik Górski, Józef Muszyñski, Adam Urbanek, Eugeniusz Bilski, and Les³aw Niemczycki (BPBiT Leader LLC, Newark, Delaware, USA, and others)


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