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Dunbar, R. I. M. (Robin Ian MacDonald) 1947-

Works: 171 works in 689 publications in 10 languages and 14,153 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Trivia and miscellanea  Popular works  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Creator, edi
Classifications: BF698.95, 155.7
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Most widely held works about R. I. M Dunbar
Most widely held works by R. I. M Dunbar
Reproductive decisions : an economic analysis of gelada baboon social strategies by R. I. M Dunbar( )

21 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and held by 1,440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

69 editions published between 1966 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apes and monkeys, humanity's closest kin, differ from other animals in the intensity of their social relationships. All their grooming is not so much about hygiene as it is about cementing bonds, making friends, and influencing fellow primates. But for early humans, grooming as a way to social success posed a problem: given their large social groups of 150 or so, our earliest ancestors would have had to spend almost half their time grooming one another - an impossible burden. What Dunbar suggests - and his research, whether in the realm of primatology or in that of gossip, confirms - is that humans developed language to serve the same purpose, but far more efficiently. It seems there is nothing idle about chatter, which holds together a diverse, dynamic group - whether of hunter-gatherers, soldiers, or workmates
How many friends does one person need? : Dunbar's number and other evolutionary quirks by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

22 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 1,135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why do men talk and women gossip, and which is better for you? Why is monogamy a drain on the brain? And why should you be suspicious of someone who has more than 150 friends on Facebook?" "We are the product of our evolutionary history, and this history colors our everyday lives--from why we joke to the depth of our religious beliefs. In How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Robin Dunbar uses groundbreaking experiments that have forever changed the way evolutionary biologists explain how the distant past underpins our current behavior." "We know so much more now than Darwin ever did, but the core of modern evolutionary theory lies firmly in Darwin's elegantly simple idea: organisms behave in ways that enhance the frequency with which genes are passed on to future generations. This idea is at the heart of Dunbar's book, which seeks to explain why humans behave as they do. Stimulating, provocative, and immensely enjoyable, his book invites you to explore the number of friends you have, whether you have your father's brain or your mother's, whether morning sickness might actually be good for you, why Barack Obama's 2008 victory was a foregone conclusion, what Gaelic has to do with frankincense, and why we laugh. In the process, Dunbar examines the role of religion in human evolution, the fact that most of us have unexpectedly famous ancestors, and why men and women never seem able to see eye-to-eye on color."--Jacket
The evolution of culture : an interdisciplinary view by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

25 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4e de couv.: The Evolution of Culture seeks to explain the origins, evolution and character of human culture, from language, art, music and ritual to the use of technology and the beginnings of social, political and economic behavior. It is concerned not only with where and when human culture evolved, but also asks how and why. The book draws together original contributions by archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists and psychologists. By integrating evolutionary biology with the psychological, social and cultural sciences, it shows how contemporary evolutionary thinking can inform study of the peculiarly human phenomenon of symbolic culture. The contributors call into question the gulf currently separating the natural from the cultural sciences. Human capacities for culture, they argue, evolved through standard processes of natural and sexual selection, and properly be analyzed as biological adaptations. The book is fully referenced and indexed, and contains a guide to further reading. It has been written to be accessible to the growing multidisciplinary readership now asking questions about human origins
Online social networks : human cognitive constraints in Facebook and Twitter personal graphs by Valerio Arnaboldi( )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Online Social Networks: Human Cognitive Constraints in Facebook and Twitter provides new insights into the structural properties of personal online social networks and the mechanisms underpinning human online social behavior. As the availability of digital communication data generated by social media is revolutionizing the field of social networks analysis, the text discusses the use of large- scale datasets to study the structural properties of online ego networks, to compare them with the properties of general human social networks, and to highlight additional properties
Human evolutionary psychology by Louise Barrett( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do people resort to plastic surgery to look young? Why are stepchildren at greatest risk of fatal abuse? Why do we prefer gossip to algebra? Why must Dogon wives live alone in a dark hut for five days a month? Why are young children good at learning language but not sharing? Over the past decade, psychologists and behavioral ecologists have been finding answers to such seemingly unrelated questions by applying an evolutionary perspective to the study of human behavior and psychology. Human Evolutionary Psychology is a comprehensive, balanced, and readable introduction to this burgeoning field. It combines a sophisticated understanding of the basics of evolutionary theory with a solid grasp of empirical case studies
Human evolution : our brains and behavior by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book covers the psychological aspects of human evolution with a table of contents ranging from prehistoric times to modern days. Dunbar focuses on an aspect of evolution that has typically been overshadowed by the archaeological record: the biological, neurological, and genetic changes that occurred with each "transition" in the evolutionary narrative"--
Primate social systems by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

32 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book grew from small beginnings as I began to find unexpected patterns emerging from the data in the literature. The more I thought about the way in which primate social systems worked, the more interesting things turned out to be. I am conscious that, at times, this has introduced a certain amount of complexity into the text. I make no apologies for that: what we are dealing with is a complex subject, the product of evolutionary forces interacting with very sophisticated minds. None the less, I have done my best to explain every­ thing as clearly as I can in order to make the book accessible to as wide an audience as possible. I have laid a heavy emphasis in this book on the use of simple graphical and mathematical models. Their sophistication, however, is not great and does not assume more than a knowledge of elementary probability theory. Since their role will inevitably be misunderstood, I take this opportunity to stress that their function is essentially heuristic rather than explanatory: they are designed to focus our attention on the key issues so as to point out the directions for further research. A model is only as good as the questions it prompts us to ask. For those whose natural inclination is to dismiss modelling out of hand, I can only point to the precision that their use can offer us in terms of hypothesis-testing
Cousins : our primate relatives by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An up-close look at primates takes readers into the world of humankind's closest living relatives, offering insight into their behavior, sociable nature, and mentality
Oxford handbook of evolutionary psychology( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With contributions from over 50 experts in the field, this book provides an overview of the latest developments in evolutionary psychology. In addition to well studied areas of investigation, it also includes chapters on the philosophical underpinnings of evolutionary psychology, comparative perspectives from other species, and more
Evolutionary psychology : a beginner's guide : human behaviour, evolution, and the mind by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Offering straightforward explanations of everything from the 'gene's eye view' to the 'nature versus nurture' debate, this accessible guide also tackles the major controversies while assessing the potential of evolutionary psychology to make profound differences to the way we think about human nature."--Jacket
The trouble with science by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

32 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Trouble with Science, Robin Dunbar asks whether science really is unique to Western culture, even to humankind. He suggests that our "trouble with science" - our inability to grasp how it works, our suspiciousness of its successes - may lie in the fact that evolution has left our minds better able to cope with day-to-day social interaction than with the complexities of the external world
Thinking big : how the evolution of social life shaped the human mind by Clive Gamble( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When and how did the brains of our hominin ancestors become human minds ? When and why did our capacity for language or art music and dance evolve ? It is the contention of this pathbreaking and provocative book that it was the need for early humans to live in everlarger social groups and to maintain social relations over evergreater distances the ability to think big that drove the enlargement of the human brain and the development of the human mind. This social brain hypothesis put forward by evolutionary psychologists such as Robin Dunbar one of the authors of this book can be tested against archaeological and fossil evidence as archaeologists Clive Gamble and John Gowlett show in the second part of Thinking Big. Along the way the three authors touch on subjects as diverse and diverting as the switch from fingertip grooming to vocal grooming or the crucial importance of making fire for the lengthening of the social day. Ultimately the social worlds we inhabit today can be traced back to our Stone Age ancestors
Primate conservation biology by Guy Cowlishaw( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution of social behaviour patterns in primates and man : a joint discussion meeting of the Royal Society and the British Academy( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The fourteen contributions testify to the increasing co-operation which is bringing together biologists, primatologists, archaeologists, psychologists, linguists and anthropologists who share a common interest in the study of social and cultural behaviour from an evolutionary perspective." "The papers, derived from a Royal Society/British Academy meeting, range in topic from cultural and social behaviour among non-human primates, through the interaction of cognitive development with social organization during the Upper Palaeolithic, to behaviour (including linguistic behaviour) among modern humans." "This volume reflects the important recent developments in such areas as behavioural ecology, evolutionary psychology and the origin and function of language."--BOOK JACKET
The human story : a new history of mankind's evolution by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

33 editions published between 2004 and 2019 in 7 languages and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For scientists studying evolution, the past decade has seen astonishing advances across many disciplines, from genetics to behaviour to psychology. Discoveries which have so revolutionised scientific thinking that our basic understanding of who we are has been turned upside-down." "The Human Story brings together many threads in a manner that is both fascinating and accessible. Robin Dunbar looks at how the human mind has evolved, and draws on his own research to explore the deep psychological and biological origins of society. Is all this new science really telling us that music - and, more importantly, religion - lie at the very heart of what made us human?"--Jacket
The science of love by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on the latest scientific research, explores everything science has discovered about romance, passion, sex, and commitment, providing fascinating insights into specific human behaviors and experiences
Social brain, distributed mind by distributed mind Social brain( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume explores how hominin 'brains' became recognizably human 'minds', comparing perspectives from the humanities, social, and biological sciences. Ideas associated with the social brain hypothesis and the distributed mind allow us to envisage what might have happened in this crucial phase leading up to modern humans
Social dynamics of gelada baboons by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

10 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and German and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The science of love and betrayal by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Falling in love is one of the strangest things we can do - and one of the things that makes us uniquely human. But what happens to our brains when our eyes meet across a crowded room? Why do we kiss each other, forget our friends, seek a 'good sense of humour' in "Lonely Hearts" adverts and try (and fail) to be monogamous? How are our romantic relationships different from our relationships with friends, family or even God? Can science help us, or are we better off turning back to the poets? Basing his arguments on new and experimental scientific research, Robin Dunbar explores the psychology and ethology of romantic love and how our evolutionary programming still affects our behaviour. Fascinating and illuminating, witty and accessible, "The Science of Love and Betrayal" is essential reading for anyone who's ever wondered why we fall in love and what on earth is going on when we do
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Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language
How many friends does one person need? : Dunbar's number and other evolutionary quirksThe evolution of culture : an interdisciplinary viewHuman evolutionary psychologyCousins : our primate relativesOxford handbook of evolutionary psychologyEvolutionary psychology : a beginner's guide : human behaviour, evolution, and the mindThe trouble with sciencePrimate conservation biology
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