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Multilevel Selection Theory and Major Evolutionary Transitions

Wilson, David Sloan and Van Vugt, Mark and O'Gorman, Rick (2008) 'Multilevel Selection Theory and Major Evolutionary Transitions.' Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17 (1). 6 - 9. ISSN 0963-7214


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The concept of a group as comparable to a single organism has had a long and turbulent history. Currently, methodological individualism dominates in many areas of psychology and evolution, but natural selection is now known to operate at multiple levels of the biological hierarchy. When between-group selection dominates within-group selection, a major evolutionary transition occurs and the group becomes a new, higher-level organism. It is likely that human evolution represents a major transition, and this has wide-ranging implications for the psychological study of group behavior, cognition, and culture.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: group selection, human evolution, multilevel selection theory, group psychology, culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 09:56
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2021 12:15

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