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  1. The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion.Melvin Konner - forthcoming - Mind.
     
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  2. Who Responds to Crying?Ann Cale Kruger & Melvin Konner - 2010 - Human Nature 21 (3):309-329.
    !Kung San (Bushman) hunter-gatherers have unusually high levels of mother-infant contact and represent one of the environments of human evolutionary adaptedness (EEAs). Studies among the !Kung show that levels of crying—the most basic sign of mammalian infant distress—are low, and response to crying is high, and some suggest that responses are overwhelmingly maternal. We show that although !Kung mothers respond to crying most often, one-third of crying bouts are managed solely by someone else. Mothers responded to all bouts lasting ≥30 (...)
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    Nine Levels of Explanation.Melvin Konner - 2021 - Human Nature 32 (4):748-793.
    Tinbergen’s classic “On Aims and Methods of Ethology” proposed four levels of explanation of behavior, which he thought would soon apply to humans. This paper discusses the need for multilevel explanation; Huxley and Mayr’s prior models, and others that followed; Tinbergen’s differences with Lorenz on “the innate”; and Mayr’s ultimate/proximate distinction. It synthesizes these approaches with nine levels of explanation in three categories: phylogeny, natural selection, and genomics ; maturation, sensitive period effects, and routine environmental effects ; and hormonal/metabolic processes, (...)
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  4. Homo Paedens? Did Kids Invent the Human Species?Melvin Konner - 2021 - Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture 5 (2):109-114.
    The evolution of development has become a central concern in both evolu­tionary and developmental research, and human immaturity is no less a proper focus for evolutionary analysis than that of other species-if anything, it is more so. Two new books by David F. Bjorklund, a founder of evolutionary developmental psychology, summarize what we know now and propose that children invented our species. Due to the new phe­nomenon of partly heritable epigenetic modification of genes and the old one of the Bald­win (...)
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  5. The Nature of Our Nature: Instinct and Passion in the Human Spirit.Melvin Konner - 2000 - W.H. Freeman.
    Mevlin Konner's explanations of why we behave and feel the way we do are relevant to many new stories, both good and bad. He disavows the extreme nature-nurture arguments, and shows how Mother Nature has drawn from both to create the most successful creature on the planet.
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    The Trouble with Medicine.Melvin Konner - 1993
    The world is in the midst of a medical revolution which is challenging basic assumptions about science and the practice of medicine. Dramatic scientific progress promises better health and longer life, but also creates profound problems.
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    Following a Trajectory: On "Tracing a Trajectory" and "Explaining and Valuing," by James M. Gustafson.Melvin Konner - 1995 - Zygon 30 (2):191-200.
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    Origins of Language: A Proposed Moratorium.Melvin Konner - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (3):391-391.
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    Relations Among Infants and Juveniles in Comparative Perspective.Melvin J. Konner - 1976 - Social Science Information 15 (2-3):371-402.