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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 structure in primate and human socia...

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10.1177/0963721413517118

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
Publisher:
SAGE Publications Inc.
Journal:
CURRENT DIRECTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Volume:
23
Issue:
2
Pages:
109-114
Publication date:
2014-04-05
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EISSN:
1467-8721
ISSN:
0963-7214
URN:
uuid:f53dae5d-42a6-4c12-a680-00d365af1dd9
Source identifiers:
463013
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pubs:463013

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