Sociobiology

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[Revised entry by Catherine Driscoll on May 12, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
Sociobiology is probably best known as the subject of E. O. Wilson’s Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975), in which he described it as the “systematic study of the biological basis of all social behavior” (Wilson, 1975, 4). Wilson seems to intend “the biological basis of behavior” to refer to the social and ecological causes driving the evolution of behavior in animal populations, rather than the neurological or psychological causes of behavior in individuals; however, Wilson clearly thought…

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