Robin Dunbar, evolutionary psychologist

This British scientist searches for the underpinnings of social bonding in humans and primates and its effects on our classrooms and religion. Interview by Aylin Woodward

May 01, 2017

Robin Dunbar. Credit: Katariina Jarvinen

In an era of increasing globalization and urbanization, social media sites such as Facebook and Snapchat help us bridge the gaps between continents. Apps like FaceTime and Skype allow us to chat with friends and family thousands of miles away.

These new media services have highlighted the importance of relationships in the 21st century, says Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist and professor at Oxford University, U.K. Dunbar is exploring the behavioral and neurological mechanisms behind how many friends and acquaintances we have.

Please read Aylin Woodward's full interview with Robin Dunbar online at Scientific American through July 28, 2017.

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