Adaptive Problem of Detecting Kinship
- Sonia TucciAffiliated withSchool of Psychology, University of Liverpool Email author
Evolution of cues used by humans to detect kin in order to avoid incest and promote altruistic behavior toward genetic relatives.
As a highly social species, humans interact and cooperate with many individuals; however cooperation among relatives tends to be greater than among unrelated individuals (Hamilton 1964). Throughout history, humans of all known cultures have always tended to feel and behave differently toward family members than to individuals to whom they were not genetically related. This behavior, which is not exclusive to humans, is distinguished by two important traits: on the one hand, the display of a highly altruistic behavior in which their own welfare could be sacrificed to help family members and, on the other hand, an innate aversion to any sexual contact with genetic relatives. From the evolutionar ...
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Date: 2016 (Latest)History
- 2016 (Latest)
- Adaptive Problem of Detecting Kinship
- Reference Work Title
- Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science
- pp 1-5
- Online ISBN
- Springer International Publishing
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- Springer International Publishing Switzerland
- Editor Affiliations
- 1. Oakland Univ Dept of Psycholgy
- 2. Department of Psychology, Oakland University
- Sonia Tucci (4)
- Author Affiliations
- 4. School of Psychology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
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