Endocrinology of Social Relationships
|Author||: Peter T. Ellison|
|Publisher||: Harvard University Press|
|Total Pages||: 510|
|Rating||: 4/5 (996 Downloads)|
Download or read book Endocrinology of Social Relationships written by Peter T. Ellison and published by Harvard University Press. This book was released on 2012-03-05 with total page 510 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In social relationshipsÑwhether between mates, parents and offspring, or friendsÑwe find much of lifeÕs meaning. But in these relationships, so critical to our well-being, might we also detect the workings, even directives, of biology? This book, a rare melding of human and animal research and theoretical and empirical science, ventures into the most interesting realms of behavioral biology to examine the intimate role of endocrinology in social relationships. The importance of hormones to reproductive behaviorÑfrom breeding cycles to male sexual displayÑis well known. What this book considers is the increasing evidence that hormones are just as important to social behavior. Peter Ellison and Peter Gray include the latest findingsÑboth practical and theoreticalÑon the hormonal component of both casual interactions and fundamental bonds. The contributors, senior scholars and rising scientists whose work is shaping the field, go beyond the proximate mechanics of neuroendocrine physiology to integrate behavioral endocrinology with areas such as reproductive ecology and life history theory. Ranging broadly across taxa, from birds and rodents to primates, the volume pays particular attention to human endocrinology and social relationships, a focus largely missing from most works of behavioral endocrinology.