32.Slides - Human capacity for caring Humans simply cannot...

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Human capacity for caring Humans simply cannot maintain relationships with an infinite number of people Attention to other people and memory require brain capacity Brain size correlates with group size The larger the neocortex of a primate, the larger the group they associate with
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The Social Brain Hypothesis Dunbar (2002): “The cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships.”
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Problems with this capacity People outside of someone’s group or social network are perceived more negatively and as more “dispensable” Unavoidable fact – we naturally favor in- group members over out-group members
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Sympathy groups List those persons whose death would cause you anguish List those persons with whom you have close emotional ties Among Americans: Anguish – 12.0 Close Emotional – 9.7 Sympathy group size – 10.9
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Sympathy group size (Buys, 1992) USA – 10.9 Egypt – 14.0 Malaysia – 15.1 Mexico – 13.5 South Africa – 13.8
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