An Overview: Identity from Bacteria to Belief

  • Luis P. Villarreal

Cooperation and group behavior is a key feature of human social interactions. It seems our large social brain is especially adapted to develop and support such social behaviors. When people are introduced to each other, they are typically interested to know various things, such as national origin (and language), cultural background, education and beliefs. These are all aspects of social identity that we have learned during our upbringing and socialization which are central to our lives. These are also basic elements of human social group identities. Such questions would typically be addressed during initial casual conversations between people who do not yet know each other. In the last chapter of this book, I will indeed consider and evaluate the issues of human social membership in some depth and how it relates to the biology of our social brain. However, human social groups are most puzzling from an evolutionary perspective. They are known for various features, such as cooperation...


Group Identity Olfactory Receptor Social Bond Belief State Group Behavior 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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