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The Biology of Human Behavior

A Brief Inquiry

Author(s): Thomas Rowland

Book Description

Why do human beings behave the way they do? What governs how they act out their daily lives? It is not difficult to provide the traditional argument that it’s largely a matter of the culture in which we live, a product of the influences of family, peers, teachers, religious leaders, the movies we see, the books we read, and so forth. Such behavior often contradicts the independent nature of the human spirit, demanding a certain compromise—we depend on others for our needs, and to obtain these, we must behave accordingly.

Evidence grows, however, that, in addition, much of our behavior has its roots in biological processes. Such information indicates that, whether we like to accept it or not, our conduct is often governed by biochemical agents within in the brain, an expression of our animalistic ancestral past, governed by our genetic inheritance, and all beyond the level of our conscious decision-making.

This book addresses a series of such behaviors—love, jealousy, travel, suicide, etc.—and examines new-found perspectives that speak to a biological component in explaining just why we behave as we do. Certainly, such scientific insights are limited and currently provide only a narrow insight into human behavior. However, this information clearly forecasts the coming of a greater appreciation that, as members of the animal kingdom, we remain biological beings as well as members of a cooperative society.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-4476-5
ISBN-10: 1-5275-4476-1
Date of Publication: 01/03/2020
Pages / Size: 233 / A5
Price: £61.99


Thomas Rowland, MD, is the retired Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, where his research focused on exercise cardiovascular physiology in children. He is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles and 10 books. He was the founding editor of the journal Pediatric Exercise Science, a position he held for 23 years. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine, and has served as President of both the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine and the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2016, he received the Thomas Shaffer Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his contributions to the field of pediatric sports medicine.