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The social brain: psychological underpinnings and implications for the structure of organizations

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The social-brain hypothesis refers to a quantitative relationship between social-group size and neocortex volume in monkeys and apes. This relationship predicts a group size of approximately 150 for humans, which turns out to be the typical size of both social communities in small-scale societies and personal social networks in the modern world. This constraint on the size of social groups is partly cognitive and partly temporal. It gives rise to a layered str...

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Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1177/0963721413517118

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
Current Directions in Psychological Science Journal website
Volume:
23
Issue:
2
Pages:
109-114
Publication date:
2014-04-01
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EISSN:
1467-8721
ISSN:
0963-7214
Pubs id:
pubs:463013
URN:
uri:9806652e-c7cb-469e-9e15-013b6c70e6c6
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uuid:9806652e-c7cb-469e-9e15-013b6c70e6c6
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pubs:463013

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