Wilson, D.S. and Van Vugt, M. and O'Gorman, R. (2008) Multi-level selection theory and major evolutionary transitions: Implications for psychological science. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17 (1). pp. 6-9. ISSN 0963-7214 .
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The concept of a group as comparable to a single organism has had a long and turbulent history. Currently, methodological individualism dominates in many areas of psychology and evolution, but natural selection is now known to operate at multiple levels of the biological hierarchy. When between-group selection dominates within-group selection, a major evolutionary transition occurs and the group becomes a new, higher-level organism. It is likely that human evolution represents a major transition, and this has wide-ranging implications for the psychological study of group behavior, cognition, and culture.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||group selection; human evolution; multilevel selection theory; group psychology; culture|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology|
|Depositing User:||C.A. Simms|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jun 2011 12:03|
|Last Modified:||04 Feb 2013 11:41|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4587 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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