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Moving Beyond Self-Interest: Perspectives from Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience, and the Social Sciences 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0195388107
ISBN-10: 0195388100
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"Moving Beyond Self-Interest is a highly significant edited collection that will serve as a foundation stone for future research in this field. The volume editors are leading the way in describing the basic science of the caregiving system at the biological, psychological, and evolutionary levels. This intellectually elevating collection is a must-read for anyone who is interested in human nature at its best, or who reflects on the potential of social organization and policy to optimize human thriving."
- Stephen G. Post, Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, Stony Brook University Medical Center, and editor of Altruism and Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research

"This book is a valuable resource on an under-studied but critical topic for the field and our species - the causes, consequences, and correlates of caregiving behavior. The cast of contributing authors is stellar. Topics range from the evolutionary, neurological, and motivational bases of caregiving, to its implications for economics, political science, and social policy."
- Nancy Eisenberg, Regents' Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University

"For most of the twentieth century, social scientists resisted any attempts to think about human beings in evolutionary terms, out of fear that we'd discover terrible things about our selfish natures. But a new wave of biologically based research has demonstrated that we are intricately designed to care about other people. Moving Beyond Self-Interest is an impressive and thought-provoking volume."
- Douglas T. Kenrick, Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University, and author of Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life

"From a variety of starting points, this volume provides the reader with the perspective necessary to truly understand the relationships among such vital phenomena as self-interest, altruism, and care-giving."
- Robert B. Cialdini, author of Influence: Science and Pr

About the Author

Stephanie L. Brown is Associate Professor in the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is also a faculty member at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Her scholarly work involves discovering mechanisms that link social behavior to physical health.
R. Michael Brown is Professor Emeritus at Pacific Lutheran University. He is co-creator (with Stephanie Brown) of Selective Investment Theory. He is also co-author (with biologist Paul Cook) of the first interdisciplinary introductory psychology text to utilize evolution and development as integrative themes.
Louis A. Penner is a social psychologist and Professor of Oncology at the Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University. He studies psychosocial aspects of medical care, with a particular focus on health disparities. One important part of his research program is studying ways to help parents and children cope with the stresses of pediatric cancer. The goal of this research is to reduce the amount of distress that children and their parents experience during cancer treatments. This work is supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute.
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