Definition of sociobiology in English:

sociobiology

Pronunciation: /ˌsəʊʃɪəʊbʌɪˈɒlədʒi//ˌsəʊsɪəʊbʌɪˈɒlədʒi/

noun

  • [mass noun] The scientific study of the biological (especially ecological and evolutionary) aspects of social behaviour in animals and humans.

    • ‘He was a sharp critic of the application of sociobiology to human behavior that developed following the publication of E. O. Wilson's Sociobiology in the 1970's.’
    • ‘The original edition of The Tangled Wing, published more than two decades ago, was one of the first - and surely one of the most exhaustive - books on human behavior to hit the shelves during the heyday of sociobiology.’
    • ‘The perspective sociobiology and evolutionary psychology open up on human affairs is one that is likely to shake and enhance the entire worldview of the person who discovers it.’
    • ‘The initiation of foraging during the life course of honeybee workers is of central interest to understanding the division of labor in social insects, a central theme in sociobiology and behavioral research.’
    • ‘Even though sociobiology never became exactly fashionable, many biologists eventually warmed up to the ideas, albeit tweaking and interpreting them in a new and modern way.’
    • ‘Unlike sociobiology and evolutionary psychology, these efforts do not ground their analyses in genes.’
    • ‘Like sociobiology, evolutionary psychology has attracted more than its fair share of critics.’
    • ‘Chapters 3, 4 and 5 present biological theories: sociobiology, behavioural ecology, and evolutionary psychology.’
    • ‘Identifying the communicative interactions among workers that regulate polyethism remains as a central challenge to insect sociobiology.’
    • ‘Many silly things were said, and consequently a number of people who previously marched under the flag of sociobiology now call themselves evolutionary psychologists.’
    • ‘Primitively eusocial wasps of the genus Polistes have played a pivotal role as ‘hypothesis generating model organisms’ in sociobiology and kin selection theories.’
    • ‘The third reason is to encourage a focus on aspects of evolution sometimes obscured by controversial issues, such as sociobiology and evolutionary psychology.’
    • ‘For the last 30 years of his life, he placed a number of bird houses in his garden and established a colony of European Starlings to study their sociobiology, especially polygyny.’
    • ‘Kim is one of the rare critics of evolutionary psychology and sociobiology who tries very hard to do what he thinks is the right way to incorporate evolution and mind, rather than carping from the sidelines.’
    • ‘Behavioral ecology is a naturalistic perspective somewhat similar to sociobiology.’
    • ‘Understanding how the activities of individual colony members give rise to these colony patterns is a key question in insect sociobiology.’
    • ‘Now, in Why Men Won't Ask for Directions, Richard C. Francis takes on evolutionary psychology and sociobiology from a new perspective - as a neurobiologist.’
    • ‘However, evolutionary psychology differs from sociobiology in a number of fundamental ways.’
    • ‘In the 1990s, sociobiology was reborn as evolutionary psychology.’
    • ‘In the mid-1980s one group began to organise itself around a version of sociobiology that they named evolutionary psychology.’

Pronunciation:

sociobiology

/ˌsəʊʃɪəʊbʌɪˈɒlədʒi//ˌsəʊsɪəʊbʌɪˈɒlədʒi/