Towards an integrative understanding of social behavior: new models and new opportunities.

Daniel T Blumstein, Luis A Ebensperger, Loren D Hayes, Rodrigo A Vazquez, Todd H Ahern, Joseph R Berger, Adam G Dolezal, Andy Dosmann, Gabriela Gonzalez-Mariscal, Breanna Harris, Emilio A Herrera, Eileen A Lacey, Jill Mateo, Lisa A McGraw, Daniel Olazabal, Marilyn Ramenofsky, Dustin R Rubenstein, Samuel A Sakhai, Wendy Saltzman, Cristina Sainz-BorgoMauricio Soto-Gamboa, Monica L Stewart, Tina W Wey, John C Wingfield, Larry J Young

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Social interactions among conspecifics are a fundamental and adaptively significant component of the biology of numerous species. Such interactions give rise to group living as well as many of the complex forms of cooperation and conflict that occur within animal groups. Although previous conceptual models have focused on the ecological causes and fitness consequences of variation in social interactions, recent developments in endocrinology, neuroscience, and molecular genetics offer exciting opportunities to develop more integrated research programs that will facilitate new insights into the physiological causes and consequences of social variation. Here, we propose an integrative framework of social behavior that emphasizes relationships between ultimate-level function and proximate-level mechanism, thereby providing a foundation for exploring the full diversity of factors that underlie variation in social interactions, and ultimately sociality. In addition to identifying new model
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalFrontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
StatePublished - Jun 28 2010


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