Social Intelligence: From brain to culture

Paperback | January 15, 2008

EditorNathan Emery, Nicola Clayton, Chris Frith

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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 usethis 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. This book 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). This volume 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.

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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 usethis knowledge to co-operate or deceive. Th...

Nathan Emery is a Royal Society Research Fellow in the Sub-department of Animal Behaviour at the University of Cambridge, UK. Nicola Clayton is a Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, UK. Chris Frith is a Professor at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neurosci...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Nathan J Emery, Nicola S Clayton and Chris D Frith: Introduction: Social intelligence: from brain to culture1. Nathan J Emery, Amanda M Seed, Auguste M P von Bayern and Nicola S Clayton: Cognitive adaptations of social bonding in birds2. Nicola S Clayton, Joanna M Dally and Nathan J Emery: Social cognition by food-caching corvids: the western scrub-jay as a natural psychologist3. Kay E Holekamp, Sharleen T Sakai and Barbara L Lundrigan: Social intelligence in the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)4. Joan B Silk: The adaptive value of soicality in mammalian agroups5. Louise Barrett, Peter Henzi and 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 prowess7. Richard C Connor: Dolphin social intelligence: complex alliance relationships in bottlenose dolphins and a consideration of selective environments for extreme brain size evolution in mammals8. Andrew Whiten and Carel P van Schaik: The evolution of animal 'cultures' and social intelligence9. Vasudevi Reddy: Getting back to the rough ground: deception and 'social living'10. Henrike Moll and Michael Tomasello: Cooperation and human cognition: the Vygotskian intelligence hypothesis11. R I M Dunbar and Susanne Shultz: Understanding primate brain evolution12. Vittorio Gallese: Before and below 'theory of mind': embodied simulation and the neural correlates of social cognition13. Chris D Frith: The social brain?14. Kerstin Dautenhahn: Socially intelligent robots: dimensions of human-robot interaction15. Steven Mithen: Did farming arise from a misappliction of social intelligence?16. Kim Sterelny: Social intelligence, human intelligence and niche construction17. Derek C Penn and 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