“What determines social behavior? Investigating the role of emotions, self-centered motives, and social norms.” by Corrado Corradi-Dell’Acqua, Leonie Koban, Susanne Leiberg, Patrik Vuilleumier, and Ernst Fehr.
abstract deadline: 1 October 2012
Excerpt: “We aim at collecting contributions from the international community which extend the current knowledge about the psychological and neural structures underlying social behavior and decision making. In particular, we encourage submissions from investigators arising from different domains (psychology, behavioral economics, affective sciences, etc.) implementing different techniques (behavior, electrophysiology, neuroimaging, brain stimulations) on different populations (neurotypical adults, children, brain damaged or psychiatric patients, etc.). Animal studies are also welcome if the data reported are of comparative value. Finally, we also invite submission of meta-analytical articles, mini-reviews and perspective papers which offer provocative and insightful interpretations of the recent literature in the field.”
Promptly rejected abstract (see below):
Working title: Human pheromones determine our social behavior via epigenetic effects on emotions, self-centered motives, and social norms.
Background: The difference between extinction and adaptive evolution involves degrees of stress. Speciation is evidence that transgenerational epigenetic inheritance succeeds despite environmental stressors. Speciation also shows that epigenetic erasure fails to erase at least some beneficial effects of the sensory environment on the genome and its phenotypic expression, which include epigenetic effects of the sensory environment on the phenotypic expression of behavior. Epigenetic effects on hormones that affect behavior allow mammals to pass on limited degrees of infertility or stress-related pathology to future generations at the same time we, like other mammals, may pass on other species-specific genetic predispositions.
Question: Who does not know that the epigenetic effects of nutrient chemicals and pheromones on intracellular signaling and stochastic gene expression are responsible for speciation and extinction avoidance in species from microbes to man? Nutrient chemicals are required for the survival of individual organisms, and pheromones control their reproduction. In mammals, stressors associated with nutrient chemicals and pheromones alter the secretion of hypothalamic gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), thereby altering nutrient-dependent reproductive fitness, successful socialization, and resultant reproduction. Any type of complex biological systems approach to evolved human social behavior must first consider the respective roles of food odors associated with nutrient chemicals and pheromones associated with other people.
Method: The concept that is extended is the epigenetic tweaking of immense gene networks in superorganisms, such as the honeybee, that solve problems through the exchange and the selective cancellation and modification of signals. It is now clear that an environmental drive evolved from that of food ingestion in unicellular organisms to that of socialization in insects. It is also clear that, in mammals, food odors and pheromones cause changes in hormones modulated by the GnRH neuronal system, which has conserved developmental affects on social and sexual behavior in nutrient-dependent reproductively fit individuals across 400 million years of vertebrate evolution. This will be a review article.
Conclusion: Survival or extinction is governed by the same molecular biology in all species. Scientists and laypersons can be certain that mammals must acquire sufficient nutrient chemicals to enable their epigenetically altered, nutrient-dependent, pheromone-controlled social lives, reproduction, and speciation. In the context of adaptive evolution via ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction, transgenerational epigenetic inheritance is no longer a topic for debate, and the theory that random mutations somehow cause adaptive evolution in the context of pheromone-dependent social behaviors is exposed for its lack of explanatory power in the context of data recently reported from ENCODE project researchers.
On 10/4/12 Corrado Corradi-Dell’Acqua Guest Associate Editor, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience wrote: “In the last days me and the other co-editors discussed thoroughly about your abstract and we apologize if we didn’t reply to you earlier. I am sorry to inform you that we felt that your abstract was quite off-topic with respect to our issue.”