Psychology of Human Kin Recognition : Heuristic Cues , Erroneous Inferences , and Their Implications

Abstract

Humans possess explicit, rule-based, and culturally determined systems for identifying kin, but kinship inferences are also influenced implicitly by cue-based mechanisms found commonly across the animal kingdom. These mechanisms are fallible. An evolutionarily informed signal-detection analysis suggests that (a) cue-based kin recognition may sometimes be… (More)

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