The Superorganism Account of Human Sociality

  title={The Superorganism Account of Human Sociality},
  author={Selin Kesebir},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={233 - 261}
  • Selin Kesebir
  • Published 1 August 2012
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Review
Biologists call highly cooperative and socially integrated animal groups like beehives and ant colonies “superorganisms.” In such species, the colony acts like an organism despite each animal’s physical individuality. This article frames human sociality through the superorganisms metaphor by systematically reviewing the superorganismic features of human psychology. These features include (1) mechanisms to integrate individual units, (2) mechanisms to achieve unity of action, (3) low levels of… 

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