Extending Alexander’s ecological dominance-social competition (EDSC) evolutional model

Spink, Amanda H. & Narayan, Bhuva (2006) Extending Alexander’s ecological dominance-social competition (EDSC) evolutional model. In 18th Annual HBES (Human Behavior Evolution Society) Conference, 7-11 June 2006, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. (Unpublished)

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Alexander’s Ecological Dominance and Social Competition (EDSC) model currently provides the most comprehensive overview of human traits in the development of a theory of human evolution and sociality (Alexander, 1990; Finn, Geary & Ward, 2005; Irons, 2005). His model provides a basis for explaining the evolution of human socio-cognitive abilities. Our paper examines the extension of Alexander’s model to incorporate the human trait of information behavior in synergy with ecological dominance and social competition as a human socio-cognitive competence. This paper discusses the various interdisciplinary perspectives exploring how evolution has shaped information behavior and why information behavior is emerging as an important human socio-cognitive competence. This paper outlines these issues, including the extension of Spink and Currier’s (2006a,b) evolution of information behavior model towards a more integrated understanding of how information behaviors have evolved (Spink & Cole, 2006).

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ID Code: 40103
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: EDSC: ecological dominance-social competition evolution model, Human Information Behaviour, Evolutionary Information Behaviour, Information Instinct, Cognitive evolution
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Human Information Behaviour (080703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200) > Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified (170299)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2011 22:08
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2011 22:09

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