Runaway Social Selection for Displays of Partner Value and Altruism

  title={Runaway Social Selection for Displays of Partner Value and Altruism},
  author={Randolph M. Nesse},
  journal={Biological Theory},
  • R. Nesse
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Psychology
  • Biological Theory
Runaway social selection resulting from partner choice may have shaped aspects of human cooperation and complex sociality that are otherwise hard to account for. Social selection is the subtype of natural selection that results from the social behaviors of other individuals. Competition to be chosen as a social partner can, like competition to be chosen as a mate, result in runaway selection that shapes extreme traits. People prefer partners who display valuable resources and bestow them… 
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