R I M Dunbar

Summary

Affiliation: University of Oxford
Country: UK

Publications

  1. pmc Sex differences in intimate relationships
    Vasyl Palchykov
    Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science BECS, Aalto University School of Science, P O Box 12200, FI 00076, Finland
    Sci Rep 2:370. 2012
  2. pmc Social cognition on the Internet: testing constraints on social network size
    R I M Dunbar
    Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367:2192-201. 2012
  3. pmc Bridging the bonding gap: the transition from primates to humans
    R I M Dunbar
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367:1837-46. 2012
  4. pmc Social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold
    R I M Dunbar
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 279:1161-7. 2012
  5. doi request reprint The social brain meets neuroimaging
    Robin I M Dunbar
    Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PN, UK
    Trends Cogn Sci 16:101-2. 2012
  6. doi request reprint Time as an ecological constraint
    R I M Dunbar
    Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN
    Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc 84:413-29. 2009
  7. doi request reprint The social role of touch in humans and primates: behavioural function and neurobiological mechanisms
    R I M Dunbar
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN, United Kingdom
    Neurosci Biobehav Rev 34:260-8. 2010
  8. doi request reprint The social brain hypothesis and its implications for social evolution
    R I M Dunbar
    Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    Ann Hum Biol 36:562-72. 2009
  9. ncbi request reprint Evolution in the social brain
    R I M Dunbar
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK
    Science 317:1344-7. 2007
  10. pmc The evolution of the social brain: anthropoid primates contrast with other vertebrates
    Susanne Shultz
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 274:2429-36. 2007

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Publications20

  1. pmc Sex differences in intimate relationships
    Vasyl Palchykov
    Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science BECS, Aalto University School of Science, P O Box 12200, FI 00076, Finland
    Sci Rep 2:370. 2012
    ..These results suggest that human social strategies may have more complex dynamics than previously assumed and a life-history perspective is crucial for understanding them...
  2. pmc Social cognition on the Internet: testing constraints on social network size
    R I M Dunbar
    Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367:2192-201. 2012
    ..This may be because only relatively weak quality relationships can be maintained without face-to-face interaction...
  3. pmc Bridging the bonding gap: the transition from primates to humans
    R I M Dunbar
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367:1837-46. 2012
    ....
  4. pmc Social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold
    R I M Dunbar
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 279:1161-7. 2012
    ..This pain-tolerance effect is due to laughter itself and not simply due to a change in positive affect. We suggest that laughter, through an endorphin-mediated opiate effect, may play a crucial role in social bonding...
  5. doi request reprint The social brain meets neuroimaging
    Robin I M Dunbar
    Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PN, UK
    Trends Cogn Sci 16:101-2. 2012
    ..A new article demonstrates that this is also true for monkeys. Taken together, these findings provide crucial support for the social brain hypothesis...
  6. doi request reprint Time as an ecological constraint
    R I M Dunbar
    Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN
    Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc 84:413-29. 2009
    ..In addition, they also allow us to evaluate the implications of both past and future climate change for a taxon's ability to cope with particular habitats...
  7. doi request reprint The social role of touch in humans and primates: behavioural function and neurobiological mechanisms
    R I M Dunbar
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN, United Kingdom
    Neurosci Biobehav Rev 34:260-8. 2010
    ..I suggest that these two neuropeptide families may play different roles in the processes of social bonding in primates and non-primates, and that more experimental work will be needed to tease them apart...
  8. doi request reprint The social brain hypothesis and its implications for social evolution
    R I M Dunbar
    Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    Ann Hum Biol 36:562-72. 2009
    ..This raises issues about why bonded relationships are cognitively so demanding (and, indeed, raises questions about what a bonded relationship actually is), and when and why primates undertook this change in social style...
  9. ncbi request reprint Evolution in the social brain
    R I M Dunbar
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK
    Science 317:1344-7. 2007
    ..This may explain why primate sociality seems to be so different from that found in most other birds and mammals: Primate sociality is based on bonded relationships of a kind that are found only in pairbonds in other taxa...
  10. pmc The evolution of the social brain: anthropoid primates contrast with other vertebrates
    Susanne Shultz
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 274:2429-36. 2007
    ....
  11. doi request reprint Species differences in executive function correlate with hippocampus volume and neocortex ratio across nonhuman primates
    Susanne Shultz
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PN, England
    J Comp Psychol 124:252-60. 2010
    ..They also suggest that commonly used indices of encephalization, such as residuals of brain volume regressed on body size, may confound rather than clarify matters...
  12. pmc Processing power limits social group size: computational evidence for the cognitive costs of sociality
    T Dávid-Barrett
    Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 280:20131151. 2013
    ..These results simultaneously support both the social brain and the social complexity hypotheses...
  13. ncbi request reprint The functions of language: an experimental study
    Gina Redhead
    Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
    Evol Psychol 11:845-54. 2013
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  14. pmc New insights into differences in brain organization between Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans
    Eiluned Pearce
    Department of Experimental Psychology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 280:20130168. 2013
    ..We discuss possible implications of differing brain organization in terms of social cognition, and consider these in the context of differing abilities to cope with fluctuating resources and cultural maintenance...
  15. ncbi request reprint Performance of music elevates pain threshold and positive affect: implications for the evolutionary function of music
    R I M Dunbar
    Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3UD, UK
    Evol Psychol 10:688-702. 2012
    ..We discuss the implications of this in the context of community bonding mechanisms that commonly involve dance and music-making...
  16. pmc Rowers' high: behavioural synchrony is correlated with elevated pain thresholds
    Emma E A Cohen
    Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN, UK
    Biol Lett 6:106-8. 2010
    ....
  17. pmc Understanding primate brain evolution
    R I M Dunbar
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 362:649-58. 2007
    ..Finally, we consider the wider issue of how mammalian (and primate) brains evolve in order to localize the social effects...
  18. doi request reprint Predation by mammalian carnivores on nocturnal primates: is the lack of evidence support for the effectiveness of nocturnality as an antipredator strategy?
    D Burnham
    Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Recanati Kaplan Centre, Tubney, UK
    Folia Primatol (Basel) 83:236-51. 2012
    ....
  19. pmc Altruism in networks: the effect of connections
    Oliver Curry
    Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN, UK
    Biol Lett 7:651-3. 2011
    ..The implications of incorporating network structure into studies of altruism are discussed...
  20. pmc Chimpanzee and felid diet composition is influenced by prey brain size
    Susanne Shultz
    British Academy Centenary Research Project, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK
    Biol Lett 2:505-8. 2006
    ..Thus, we provide evidence for the hypothesis that brain size evolution is potentially driven by selection for more sophisticated and behaviourally flexible anti-predator strategies...