Adaptation and Well-Being: Social Allostasis

Adaptation and Well-Being: Social Allostasis

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Jay Schulkin
Cambridge University Press, 4/14/2011
EAN 9780521509923, ISBN10: 0521509920

Hardcover, 212 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

Recently, an interest in our understanding of well-being within the context of competition and cooperation has re-emerged within the biological and neural sciences. Given that we are social animals, our well-being is tightly linked to interactions with others. Pro-social behavior establishes and sustains human contact, contributing to well-being. Adaptation and Well-Being is about the evolution and biological importance of social contact. Social sensibility is an essential feature of our central nervous systems, and what have evolved are elaborate behavioral ways in which to sustain and maintain the physiological and endocrine systems that underlie behavioral adaptations. Writing for his fellow academics, and with chapters on evolutionary aspects, chemical messengers and social neuroendocrinology among others, Jay Schulkin explores this fascinating field of behavioral neuroscience.

1. Evolutionary perspectives and hominoid expression
2. Social competence and cortical evolution
3. A window into the brain
4. Chemical messengers and the physiology of change and adaptation
5. Social neuroendocrinology
6. Cephalic adaptation, devolution and incentives
7. Neocortex, amygdala and prosocial behaviors
evolution, social allostasis and well-being