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

Works: 115 works in 510 publications in 10 languages and 11,833 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Miscellanea  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Arranger, Other
Classifications: BF698.95, 155.7
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by R. I. M Dunbar
Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

49 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,343 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
Cousins : our primate relatives by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and German and held by 759 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
How many friends does one person need? : Dunbar's number and other evolutionary quirks by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 711 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
Human evolutionary psychology by Louise Barrett( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Primate social systems by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

27 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of culture : an interdisciplinary view( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trouble with science by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 488 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
Oxford handbook of evolutionary psychology( Book )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 485 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
Reproductive decisions : an economic analysis of gelada baboon social strategies by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Primate conservation biology by Guy Cowlishaw( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thinking big : how the evolution of social life shaped the human mind by Clive Gamble( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 359 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 ever-larger social groups, and to maintain social relations over ever-greater 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 finger-tip 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
The human story : a new history of mankind's evolution by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

25 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 336 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
Human evolution : our brains and behavior by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 330 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"--
Evolution of social behaviour patterns in primates and man : a joint discussion meeting of the Royal Society and the British Academy( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolutionary psychology : a beginner's guide : human behaviour, evolution, and the mind by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 282 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
Social brain, distributed mind by distributed mind Social brain( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To understand who we are and why we are, we need to understand both modern humans and the ancestral stages that brought us to this point. The core to that story has been the role of evolving cognition -the social brain - in mediating the changes in behaviour that we see in the archaeological record. This volume brings together two powerful approaches - the social brain hypothesis and the concept of the distributed mind. The volume compares perspectives on these two approaches from a range of disciplines, including archaeology, psychology, philosophy, sociology and the cognitive and evolutionary sciences. A particular focus is on the role that material culture plays as a scaffold for distributed cognition, and how almost three million years of artefact and tool uses provides the data for tracing key changes in areas such as language, technology, kinship, music, social networks and the politics of local, everyday interaction in small-world societies. A second focus is on how, during the course of hominin evolution, increasingly large spatially distributed communities created stresses that threatened social cohesion. This volume offers the possibility of new insights into the evolution of human cognition and social lives that will further our understanding of the relationship between mind and world
Social dynamics of gelada baboons by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

11 editions published in 1975 in English and German and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 222 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
The science of love and betrayal by R. I. M Dunbar( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 218 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
Online social networks : human cognitive constraints in Facebook and Twitter personal graphs by Valerio Arnaboldi( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 63 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
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Cousins : our primate relativesHow many friends does one person need? : Dunbar's number and other evolutionary quirksHuman evolutionary psychologyThe evolution of culture : an interdisciplinary viewThe trouble with scienceOxford handbook of evolutionary psychologyPrimate conservation biologyThe human story : a new history of mankind's evolution