Methodological problems associated with a biologically-oriented social science

Steven A. Peterson, Albert Somit

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Recent advances in biology, particularly in ethology, have created a growing interest among social scientists in exploring the possibility that biological factors may significantly influence human social behavior. This article focuses on the methodological pitfalls of which ethologically oriented social scientists should be aware. It examines some of the conceptual issues from which these methodological problems often stem; the general methodological problems encountered in the ethological study of behavior; and, in conclusion, the special difficulties encountered when Homo sapiens becomes the subject of investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-25
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social and Biological Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1978

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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