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Book's title: The evolution of childhood : relationships, emotion, mind Melvin Konner.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2009050775
National Bibliography Number:GBB049671 bnb
National Bibliographic Agency Control Number:015529614 Uk
International Standard Book Number (ISBN):9780674045668 (alk. paper) :, $39.95
International Standard Book Number (ISBN):0674045661 (alk. paper)
System Control Number:ocn477272507
Cataloging Source:DLC, DLC YDXCP C#P BWX OCLCQ ABG CDX PZT UKM CRH RID EEK
Library of Congress Call Number:GN482 .K66 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification Number:305.231 22
Personal Name:Konner, Melvin.
Publication, Distribution, etc.:Cambridge, Mass. . Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, (c)2010.
Physical Description:xv, 943 p. ;, 25 cm.
Bibliography, etc. Note:Includes bibliographical references (p. 757-916) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:Prologue
The structure of this book
Six paradigms
1. Introduction
Some premises
Some history
Evolution and modification of behavior
Evolution of ontogeny in the human animal
Levels of causation in the explanation of behavior
pt. I. Evolution : the phylogenetic origins of childhood : wherein we learn how the laws of evolution produced the shape of human social and emotional development
2. Paradigms in the evolution of development
Neo-Darwinian theory
the adaptationist paradigm
Life history theory
Evolutionary allometries
Heterochrony in the phylogeny of development
The evolution of developmental genes (evo-devo)
Phyletic reorganization in brain evolution
Developmental ethology
Evolutionary developmental psychology
Interlude 1 : thinking about birdsong
3. Brains evolving
Expansion and organization in brain evolution
Vertebrate body plans and behavioral advances
The emergence of mammalian brain and behavior
Developmental keys to psychosocial evolution
4. Ape foundations, human revolution
Ape evolution and behavior
Hominin evolution and behavior
Hominin brain evolution
Evolving human life histories
Hominin behavior, social organization, and culture
5. The evolution of human brain growth
Neonatal status and early brain growth
Humanizing anthropoid brain growth
Hominin ontogeny
Heterochrony in hominin evolution
Transition 1 : neurological models of psychosocial function
The limbic system model
The orbitofrontal cortex and the somatic marker hypothesis
The polyvagal model
The mirror-neuron system
Lateralized higher functions
Imperfect models
Formatted Contents Note:pt. II. Maturation : anatomical bases of psychosocial growth : wherein we see how neural and endocrine systems guide the paths of development called for by natural selection
6. Paradigms in the study of psychosocial growth
The neurogenetics of animal models and human disease
Neuroembryology
Developmental neuroendocrinology
Postnatal brain development
Developmental behavior genetics
Neurological individuality
Interlude 2 : thinking about bipedal walking
7. The growth of sociality
The "fourth trimester" and the presocial baseline
The rise and fall of early crying
Smiling and mutual gaze
8. The growth of attachment and the social fears
Universals of human attachment and social fear
Animal studies
Biological mechanisms
9. The growth of language
A language acquisition device
Cross-cultural and other evidence
Biological foundations
Early anatomical preparedness
The role of learning
10. The growth of sex and gender differences
Gender identity
Sex differences in aggression
Cross-cultural studies
Neuroendocrine foundations
11. The transition to middle childhood
An evolutionary approach
Cognition in middle childhood
A biological model
12. Reproductive behavior and the onset of parenting
Biological changes in puberty and adolescence
Is individual age at puberty a facultative adaptation?
Control of the onset of puberty
Growth and change in the adolescent brain
The psychological impact of body changes
Adolescent hormones in sexuality and aggression
Cross-cultural regularities
A role for romantic love?
Ideals and abstractions
The onset of parenting
maternal care
Paternal care and the pair bond
Interlude 3 : thinking about growing up gay
Transition 2 : plasticity evolving
Selection for plasticity and resilience
Formatted Contents Note:pt. III. Socialization : the evolving social context of ontogeny : wherein we discern the contributions of social life to developing relationships and emotions
13. Paradigms in the study of socialization
Laws of learning
Early experience effects and the sensitive period question
Ethology, field primatology, and sociobiology
Ethnology and quantitative cross-cultural comparison
Historiography and historical demography
14. Early social experience
Early handling, stress, and stimulation
Postweaning isolation and crowding
Social deprivation in monkeys
The neurobiology of social perturbation in monkeys
Experience in the etiology of psychopathology
Early deprivation in human childhood
15. The evolution of the mother-infant bond
Maternal care in mammals
Mother and infant primates, including humans
Mother-infant relations among !Kung hunter-gatherers
Mother-infant relations in other hunter-gatherers
Formatted Contents Note:Reconstructing maternal care : phylogeny and history
Attachment theory and the mother-infant bond
Interlude 4 : thinking about maternal sentiment
16. Cooperative breeding in the extended family
Helpers at the nest
Allocare in nonhuman primates
Nonmaternal care among !Kung hunter-gatherers
Nonmaternal care in other hunter-gatherers
Cooperative breeding in the human species
Normative adoption and fosterage in human societies
The physiology of alloparental care
Social context and mother-infant interactions
Cooperative breeding beyond hunters and gatherers
17. Male parental care
Male parental investment and reproductive success
Paternal investment, social organization, and ecology in nonhuman species
The paternal role among !Kung hunter-gatherers
Paternal roles in other hunter-gatherers
Paternal roles in non-hunter-gatherers
Observable patterns and their possible significance
Subsistence adaptation and family organization
Formatted Contents Note:The United States and other industrial cultures
Dads and cads
Plasticity and its physiological limits
Interlude 5 : thinking about "oedipal" conflicts
18. Relations among juveniles
Theoretical considerations
Juvenile social relations in selected mammals
Relations among juveniles in !Kung hunter-gatherers
Relations among juveniles in other hunter-gatherers
Relations among juveniles since the hunting-gathering era
Functional considerations
Developmental mechanisms
19. Play, social learning, and teaching
The evolution of play
The development of human play
The evolutionary neurobiology of play
Intelligent players
Play, learning, and culture
Social learning, imitation, and teaching
Toward a neurobiology of social learning
Teaching : uniquely human?
20. The contexts of emerging reproductive behavior
The development of sexual behavior in monkeys and apes
Adolescence among the !Kung hunter-gatherers
Formatted Contents Note:Adolescence in other hunter-gatherers
Broader cross-cultural patterns of premarital sex
Parent-offspring conflict over arranged marriage
Adolescent sexuality in the industrial world
Secular trends in growth and maturation
Secular trends and adolescent behavior
Interlude 6 : thinking about incest avoidance and taboos
21. Stress and resilience in the changing family
Basic stress physiology
Stress in infancy and childhood
Stress in early life as a signal for facultative adaptation
Stress and resilience on the island of Dominica
Mortality, attachment, and loss
Stress and resilience in exceptional situations
Child abuse and neglect in western industrial states
Evolutionary considerations in abuse and neglect
Changing family structure in western industrial states
Abuse, neglect, and adolescent aggression
Stress and coping in human development
22. Hunter-gatherer childhood
the cultural baseline
Generalizations and challenges
Formatted Contents Note:The hunter-gatherer childhood model
Hunter-gatherer childhood in evolutionary context
Evaluating the divergences
Conclusion : facultative adaptation, discordance, or both?
Transition 3 : does nonhuman culture exist?
Defining the extremes
The approach from material culture
The approach from socially learned local variation
The approach from teaching and cultural learning
The approach from language and symbol
The approach from history
Formatted Contents Note:pt. IV. Enculturation : the transmission and evolution of culture : wherein we come to understand what culture changes
23. Paradigms in the study of enculturation
Laws of learning, expanded
Culture and personality
The Whiting model
Broader cross-cultural analyses
Extensions and modifications of the model
Challenges to the role of early experience
Culture and mind
Interlude 7 : thinking about the question "how?"
24. The culture of infancy and early childhood
Culture in utero?
Cross-cultural variation in infant care
Possible mechanisms of influence
Language acquisition and language learning
25. The culture of subsistence
Work, play, and cultural transmission
Children's work in farming cultures
26. The culture of middle childhood
Enculturation among the Gusii of Kenya
Enculturation processes beyond conventional learning
Enculturation by children
Inculcating morality?
Children and religion
27. The culture of gender in childhood and adolescence
Culture stretches biology
Cultural tradition in adolescent development
28. Evolutionary culture theory
Cultural macroevolution
The Meme model and the question of coherence
Cavalli-Sforza and Feldman
Lumsden and Wilson
Boyd and Richerson
The Durham model
Defining culture
Applying the model
Some models compared
Interlude 8 : thinking about boys at war
29. Universals, adaptation, enculturation, and culture
Universals of human behavior and culture
A culture acquisition device
A model of culture in biological context
Formatted Contents Note:pt. V. Conclusion : wherein we see, as through a glass darkly, how human relationships and emotions may actually emerge
30. The ultimate epigenetic enterprise
A general theory?
Chaos, self-organization, and complexity
A theory of generative variation
Selection, epigenetics, and development
Reprise
Epilogue
References
Acknowledgments
Index.
Summary, etc.:Takes a comprehensive Darwinian interpretation of human development. Looking at the entire range of human evolutionary history, Konner tells the story of how cross-cultural and universal characteristics of our growth from infancy to adolescence became rooted in genetically inherited characteristics of the human brain
From publisher description.
Rubrics: Children
Child development
Anthropometry
Emotions in children
Human evolution

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