Social selection is a powerful explanation for prosociality

Randolph Nesse

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Cultural group selection helps explain human cooperation but social selection offers a complementary more powerful explanation. Just as sexual selection shapes extreme traits that increase matings social selection shapes extreme traits that make individuals preferred social partners. Self-interested partner choices create strong and possibly runaway selection for prosocial traits without requiring group selection kin selection or reciprocity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e47
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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