Pediatrics

Three-year-olds understand, value obligations of joint commitment

The ability to engage in joint actions is a critical step toward becoming a cooperative human being. In particular, forming a commitment with a partner to achieve a goal that one cannot achieve alone is important for functioning ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Being kind to others does make you 'slightly happier'

Researchers conclude that being kind to others causes a small but significant improvement in subjective well-being. The review found that the effect is lower than some pop-psychology articles have claimed, but also concluded ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Children overeagerly seek social rules

Three-year-olds quickly absorb social norms. They even understand behaviors as rule-governed that are not subject to any norms, and insist that others adhere to these self-inferred "norms," a study by LMU psychologist Marco ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Dancing to the same beat connects groups of children

Brief bouts of simple synchronised dance-like moves can help groups of children warm to one another, says a new study. Researchers found this was even the case when children's feelings about the other group were negative ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Children less likely to come to the rescue when others are available

Children as young as 5 years old are less likely to help a person in need when other children are present and available to help, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for ...

Dentistry

An evolutionary compromise for long tooth preservation

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, have conducted stress analyses on gorilla teeth of differing ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Phone calls back evolutionary theories of gender

Women speak to their male partners less often as they grow older and turn their attention to a younger generation, according to an unusual study Thursday that tracked nearly two billion phone calls and text messages.

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Evolutionary anthropology

Evolutionary anthropology is the study of the relation between social behavior and the evolution of hominids and non-hominid primates. It includes:

Evolutionary anthropology is concerned with both biological and cultural evolution of humans, past and present. It is generally based on a scientific approach, and brings together fields such as archaeology, behavioral ecology, psychology, primatology, and genetics. It is a dynamic and interdiscplinary field, drawing on many lines of evidence to understand the human experience, past and present.

Studies of biological evolution generally concern the evolution of the human form. Cultural evolution involves the study of cultural change over time and space and frequently incorporate Cultural transmission models. Note that cultural evolution is not the same as biological evolution, and that human culture involves the transmission of cultural information, which behaves in ways quite distinct from human biology and genetics. The study of cultural change is increasingly performed through cladistics and genetic models.

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