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Biology of Political Behavior

Biology of Political Behavior

ISBN 9781412964043
Edition 1
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Publisher SAGE Publications, Inc
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Does testable, repcable empirical evidence exist to support the notion that biology can help explain potical behavior? The past practice of potical science has been to ignore the growing biological knowledge base. Perhaps because mass-scale potics seem so cerebral and rational, scholars of potics are prone to conclude that it somehow transcends biology. Not true. This fascinating study draws on the recent advancements in biological insights and appes them to potical science. Pulng from a range of topics including the role of personaty traits in potical decisions personal temperament and social behavior and how neuroendocrine mechanisms (stress-coping strategies) and social dominance influence leadership potential this issue calls for the cooperation between potical scientists and fe scientists. Other social sciences merge biological research with their studies. In psychology, research has connected personal traits (such as risk-taking, depression, extroversion) to neurotransmitter levels and genetics. Evolutionary psychology has demonstrated that universal human tendencies are products of evolutionary pressures. In economics, behavioral economics and neuroeconimcs draw heavily from biological concepts. And in sociology, long-estabshed research tradition has attempted to connect neurotransmitters and hormones to social behavior. Now is the time for potical science to embrace natural science. Biology is a stronger force than ever, interacting with human culture in complex ways. By leveraging that knowledge, potical science is positioned to make giant strides forward in new avenues of research. Most of the compelng articles included in the collection rely on original and empirical findings. Students and researchers will find this special issue a unique and inspiring perspective on applying the remarkable techniques developed in neuroscience, experimental economics, computer simulations, psychophysiology, behavioral genetics, and molecular biology to future potical science research projects.
Overview
Does testable, repcable empirical evidence exist to support the notion that biology can help explain potical behavior? The past practice of potical science has been to ignore the growing biological knowledge base. Perhaps because mass-scale potics seem so cerebral and rational, scholars of potics are prone to conclude that it somehow transcends biology. Not true. This fascinating study draws on the recent advancements in biological insights and appes them to potical science. Pulng from a range of topics including the role of personaty traits in potical decisions personal temperament and social behavior and how neuroendocrine mechanisms (stress-coping strategies) and social dominance influence leadership potential this issue calls for the cooperation between potical scientists and fe scientists. Other social sciences merge biological research with their studies. In psychology, research has connected personal traits (such as risk-taking, depression, extroversion) to neurotransmitter levels and genetics. Evolutionary psychology has demonstrated that universal human tendencies are products of evolutionary pressures. In economics, behavioral economics and neuroeconimcs draw heavily from biological concepts. And in sociology, long-estabshed research tradition has attempted to connect neurotransmitters and hormones to social behavior. Now is the time for potical science to embrace natural science. Biology is a stronger force than ever, interacting with human culture in complex ways. By leveraging that knowledge, potical science is positioned to make giant strides forward in new avenues of research. Most of the compelng articles included in the collection rely on original and empirical findings. Students and researchers will find this special issue a unique and inspiring perspective on applying the remarkable techniques developed in neuroscience, experimental economics, computer simulations, psychophysiology, behavioral genetics, and molecular biology to future potical science research projects.
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