Origins of Human Socialization

Origins of Human Socialization

1st Edition - November 6, 2020

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  • Author: Donald W. Pfaff
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323858014
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323858618

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Origins of Human Socialization introduces a new concept on the origins of basic human instinct. The book combines the three disciplinary approaches, including neuroscience, paleoanthropology and developmental psychology as an intertwined foundation for prosocial behavior. It argues that humans have the basic brain mechanisms for prosocial activity, offering new insights into more sophisticated social behavior. It also examines both visual and auditory systems in both humans and animals to explain the evolution of social interactions. Written by world-renowned researcher Dr. Donald Pfaff, this book is the first to explore why we have basic social instinct and how it works. For centuries, researchers have argued over the foundations of human behavior in society. Anthropologists point to transitions from hunter/gathers to urban dwellers leading to human domestication. Developmental psychologists highlight social competences in babies. Neuroscientists focus on specific genetic and neurochemical mechanisms that attribute to social behavior. This book brings all of these important areas together in an interdisciplinary approach that helps readers understand how they are linked.  

Key Features

  • Introduces recent discoveries regarding genes and their association with brain growth
  • Outlines the fundamentals of brain circuitry that underlies social behavior
  • Explains the connection between loneliness and reduced anti-inflammatory responses
  • Reviews how gene expression encourages various forms of social behavior


Researchers in social neuroscience, social psychology, and evolutionary biology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Background: Evolution
    2. Babies' development
    3. The basic vertebrate social brain - Fish
    4. Elemental social behaviors
    5. Visual add-ons during vertebrate evolution
    6. Auditory add-ons during vertebrate evolution
    7. Psychological approaches
    8. Social behavior at its best: Altruism
    9. Failure to approach, autism
    10. Loss
    11. Genetics and epigenetics
    12. Wrap-up and outlook

Product details

  • No. of pages: 284
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: November 6, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323858014
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323858618

About the Author

Donald W. Pfaff

Donald W. Pfaff heads the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior at The Rockefeller University. He received his scientific training at Harvard College and MIT. He is a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Pfaff's laboratory focuses on steroid hormones and brain function, genes influencing neuronal functions, and generalized CNS arousal. He is the author or coauthor of over 10 books and more than 900 research publications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior, Rockefeller University, New York, USA

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