Information Behavior: A Socio-Cognitive Ability

Spink, Amanda H. & Cole, Charles B. (2007) Information Behavior: A Socio-Cognitive Ability. Evolutionary Psychology, 5(2), pp. 257-274.

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Abstract: How has human information behavior evolved? Our paper explores this question in the form of notions, models and theories about the relationship between information behavior and human evolution. Alexander’s Ecological Dominance and Social Competition/Cooperation (EDSC) model currently provides the most comprehensive overview of human traits in the development of a theory of human evolution and sociality. His model provides a basis for explaining the evolution of human socio-cognitive abilities, including ecological dominance, and social competition/cooperation. Our paper examines the human trait of information behavior as a socio-cognitive ability related to ecological dominance, and social competition/cooperation. The paper first outlines what is meant by information behavior from various interdisciplinary perspectives. We propose that information behavior is a socio-cognitive ability that is related to and enables other sociocognitive abilities such as human ecological dominance, and social competition/cooperation. The paper reviews the current state of evolutionary approaches to information behavior and future directions for this research . Keywords: information behavior, socio-cognitive ability, ecological dominance, social competition, social cooperation.

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ID Code: 47871
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1474-7049
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2011 07:41
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2014 01:26

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