Una revisión crítica de la hipótesis del cerebro social de Dunbar


  • Cristina Acedo-Carmona University of the Balearic Islands
  • Antoni Gomila University of the Balearic Islands



Palabras clave:

Cognición, Evolución, Grupo, Neocórtex, Socialidad


La hipótesis del cerebro social de Dunbar constituye una posición influyente entre aquellas que relacionan la evolución de la cognición y la socialidad humanas. En este trabajo, tras presentar los puntos esenciales de su teoría, discutimos las evidencias paleo-antropológicas y sociales en las que se sustenta. También señalamos algunas limitaciones. Tales limitaciones tienen que ver con la estrategia general de buscar relaciones lineales entre diferentes rasgos, la insuficiente atención a las capacidades mentales que hacen posible la vida social humana, y a la diversidad de las estructuras sociales efectivas. Presentamos nuestra forma de complementar el enfoque de Dunbar al centrarnos en el papel que juega la confianza como cemento de la sociedad y para explicar la diversidad


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Acedo-Carmona, C., & Gomila, A. (2016). Una revisión crítica de la hipótesis del cerebro social de Dunbar. Revista Internacional De Sociología, 74(3), e037. https://doi.org/10.3989/ris.2016.74.3.037