Sociobiology of Communication: an interdisciplinary perspective

Paperback | September 21, 2008

EditorPatrizia dEttorre, David P. Hughes

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Communication is essential for all forms of social interaction, from parental care to mate choice and cooperation. This is evident for human societies but less obvious for bacterial biofilms, ant colonies or flocks of birds. The major disciplines of communication research have tried toidentify common core principles, but syntheses have been few because historical barriers have limited interaction between different research fields.iSociobiology of Communication/i is a timely and novel synthesis. It bridges many of the gaps between proximate and ultimate levels of analysis, between empirical model systems, and between biology and the humanities. The book offers the complementary approaches of a distinguished group of authorsspanning a large diversity of research programs, addressing, for example, the genetic basis of bacterial communication, dishonest communication in insect societies, sexual selection and network communication among colonial vertebrates. Other chapters explore the role of communication in genomicconflict and self-organisation, and how linguistics, psychology and philosophy may ultimately contribute to a biological understanding of human mate choice and the evolution of human societies. This highly interdisciplinary book highlights key examples of modern research to explore the genetic, neurobiological, physiological, chemical and behavioural basis of social communication. It identifies where consensus on the general principles is emerging and where the major future challenges areto be found. The book is therefore suitable for both for graduate students and professionals in evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology seeking novel inspiration, and for a wider academic audience, including social and medical scientists who would like to explore what evolutionary approachescan offer to their fields.

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Communication is essential for all forms of social interaction, from parental care to mate choice and cooperation. This is evident for human societies but less obvious for bacterial biofilms, ant colonies or flocks of birds. The major disciplines of communication research have tried toidentify common core principles, but syntheses have...

bAssociate Professor Patrizia d'Ettorre/b is at the Centre for Social Evolution, University of Copenhagen. Here she is the leader of a Marie Curie Excellence team that studies the evolutionary basis of chemical communication and recognition in insect societies. Her background is in evolutionary biology and the resolution of conflict w...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.71 inPublished:September 21, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199216843

ISBN - 13:9780199216840

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Patrizia d'Ettorre and David P.Hughes: Foreword1. Amotz Zahavi: The Handicap Principle and Signalling in Collaborative Systems2. Steve Diggle, Stuart West, Andy Gardner and Ashleigh Griffin: Communication in Bacteria3. Giuliano Matessi, Ricardo Matos and Torben Dabelsteen: Communication in Social Networks of Territorial Animals: Networking at Different Levels in Birds and Other Systems4. David Nash and J.J. Boomsma: Communication between Hosts and Social Parasites5. Patrizia d'Ettorre and Allen Moore: Chemical Communication and the Coordination of Social Interactions in Insects6. Jane Hurst and Robert Beyon: Chemical Communication in Societies of Rodents7. Maria Gabriela de Brito-Sanchez, Nina Deisig, Jean-Christophe Sandoz and Martin Giurfa: Neurobiology of Olfactory Communication in the Honeybee8. Marlene Zuk and Robin M.Tinghitella: Rapid Evolution and Sexual Signals9. S.Craig Roberts: Communication of Mate Quality in Humans10. David P Hughes: The Extended Phenotype within the Colony and how it Obscurers Social Communication11. David J.T.Sumpter and andAringke Brannstrom: Synergy in Social Communication12. David Haig: Conflicting Messages: Genomic Imprinting and Internal Communication13. Bernard Crespi: Language Unbound:Genomic Imprinting and Psychosis in the Origin and Evolution of Modern Humans14. James R. Hurford: The Evolution of Human Communication and Language15. Livio Roboli-Sasco, Sam Brown and Francois Taddei: Why Teach? The Evolutionary Origins and Ecological Consequences of Costly Information Transfer16. Ronnie de Sousa: Grades of Signalling17. David P. Hughes and Patrizia d'Ettorre: ConclusionGlossary