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sociobiology

Syllabification: so·ci·o·bi·ol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌsōsēōˌbīˈäləjē
 
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Definition of sociobiology in English:

noun

The scientific study of the biological (especially ecological and evolutionary) aspects of social behavior in animals and humans.
Example sentences
  • Chapters 3, 4 and 5 present biological theories: sociobiology, behavioural ecology, and evolutionary psychology.
  • Now, in Why Men Won't Ask for Directions, Richard C. Francis takes on evolutionary psychology and sociobiology from a new perspective - as a neurobiologist.
  • Kim is one of the rare critics of evolutionary psychology and sociobiology who tries very hard to do what he thinks is the right way to incorporate evolution and mind, rather than carping from the sidelines.

Derivatives

sociobiological

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌbīəˈläjikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • But because Stephen Jay Gould's essays, such as those in Natural History, are widely read by the public, his views may influence popular opinion away from sociobiological perspectives on human behavior.
  • Ruse is a philosopher of science, a defender of evolutionary theory against ‘creation science,’ and an outspoken defender of sociobiological modes of understanding human behavior.
  • Although he dedicated only a short final chapter of the book to human behaviour, the ensuing debate focused almost entirely on the possibility of applying sociobiological tools to humans.

sociobiologically

2
Pronunciation: /-ˌbīəˈläjik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • In Practical Ecocriticism, Love argues for sociobiologically informed criticism, and applies it to themes of place in Willa Gather, animals in Ernest Hemingway, and the ecological in William Dean Howells.
  • Were the Americans of a century ago sociobiologically different from the Americans of today?
  • A 100 year timescale to me is long enough that I suspect that the human race will be in a very different place sociobiologically or our current socioeconomic structure will have collapsed under the burden of its incompatibility with our biological heritage.

sociobiologist

3
noun
Example sentences
  • For the sociobiologists, human social behaviors came into existence as unintended and unconscious results of various natural threats to our species.
  • When it comes to the development of behaviour, sociobiologists are even more keenly aware of the crucial role of environment in bringing about behaviour.
  • Such behavioral features that are apparently universal throughout the species are often, on that basis, assumed, particularly by sociobiologists, to represent biologically determined behaviors.

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