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Book Review: We Are Unique When We CryA Review of TrimbleMichael, Why humans like to cry: Tragedy, evolution, and the brain . Oxford University Press: Oxford, United Kingdom, 2012, 236 pp., US$29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-969318-4.

Silva, A and Ferreira-Alves, J and Arantes, J (2013) Book Review: We Are Unique When We CryA Review of TrimbleMichael, Why humans like to cry: Tragedy, evolution, and the brain . Oxford University Press: Oxford, United Kingdom, 2012, 236 pp., US$29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-969318-4. Evolutionary Psychology, 11 (1). pp. 85-88. ISSN 1474-7049

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Abstract

Crying is an important human behavior, and we are all aware of the impact that our tears can have on others, and theirs on us. From an ethological perspective, the survival value of crying is clear, particularly in the case of infants and small children. However, much less is known about the evolutionary meaning of crying, in particular its relationship with other abilities developed over millions of years such as Theory of Mind, empathy, consciousness, morality, altruism, and love. These relationships are explored in a new book by Michael Trimble: Why humans like to cry: Tragedy, evolution and the brain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 06 Biological Sciences, 16 Studies In Human Society, 17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Sage
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 11:41
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 11:41
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/147470491301100108
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6341

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