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The Ecology of Relatedness: Aspects and Effects

Abstract Why are human societies so psychologically diverse? The discipline of behavioral ecology is rich in both theory and data on how environments shape non-human animal behavior. However, behavioral ecological thinking has not received much attention in the study of human cultural psychological variation. I propose that ecological relatedness—how genetically related individuals are to others in their proximate environment—is one aspect of the environment that shapes human psychology. I present three studies here that examine the influence of ecological relatedness on multiple aspects of psychology. In the first study, I find that higher levels of ecological relatedness at the nation level is associated with a greater willingness to put oneself a... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Sng, Oliver (Author) / Neuberg, Steven L. (Advisor) / Kenrick, Douglas T. (Committee member) / Hill, Kim R. (Committee member) / Varnum, Michael E. W. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social psychology / Ecology / Behavioral sciences / altruism / behavioral ecology / cultural psychology / plasticity / relatedness
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 81 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Psychology 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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