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

Stephanie L. Brown, R. Michael Brown, and Louis A. Penner


Moving Beyond Self-Interest is an interdisciplinary volume that discusses cutting-edge developments in the science of caring for and helping others. Contributors raise foundational issues related to human caregiving. They advance new theories and data to show how natural selection might have shaped a genuinely altruistic drive to benefit others, how this drive intersects with the attachment and caregiving systems, and how it emerges from a broader social engagement system made possible by symbiotic regulation of autonomic physiological states. The contributors propose a new neurophysiological ... More

Keywords: caregiving, natural selection, altruism, evolution, empathy

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195388107
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie L. Brown, author

R. Michael Brown, author

Louis A. Penner, author

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Part One Introduction

1 Background and Historical Perspective

R. Michael Brown, Louis A. Penner, and Stephanie L. Brown

Part Two Foundations of Caregiving

2 How Altruistic by Nature?

Dennis L. Krebs

3 Adult Attachment and Caregiving

Mario Mikulincer and Phillip R. Shaver

Part Three The Neuroscience of Caregiving Motivation

5 The Human Caregiving System

Stephanie L. Brown, R. Michael Brown, and Stephanie D. Preston

Part Four The Psychology of Caregiving Motivation

9 Parental Investment in Caregiving Relationships

Daphne B. Bugental, David A. Beaulieu, and Randy Corpuz

10 The Role of Empathic Emotions in Caregiving

Louis A. Penner, Felicity W. K. Harper, and Terrance L. Albrecht

11 The Costs and Benefits of Informal Caregiving

Richard Schulz and Joan K. Monin

12 Too Close for Comfort?

June Gruber and Dacher Keltner

Part Five Implications for Economics, Political Science, and Social Policy

15 A New View of UtilityMaximizing “Optimal Investment”

Dylan M. Smith, Stephanie L. Brown, and Mary L. Rigdon

16 Bringing Neuroscience into Political Science

Judith S. Kullberg and J. David Singer†