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Jonathan Evans and David Over

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780198525134
eISBN:
9780191728174
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525134.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

‘IF’ is one of the most important and interesting words in the English language, being used to express hypothetical thought. The use of conditionals such as ‘if’ also distinguishes human intelligence ... More


The Social Brain and the Distributed Mind

Robin Dunbar, Clive Gamble, and John Gowlett

in Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264522
eISBN:
9780191734724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264522.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Human nature is the product of a long history that has brought us, over the course of some 6–8 million years, from our common ancestor with the chimpanzee lineage to modern humans. The aim of this ... More


The Archaeology of Group Size

Matt Grove

in Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264522
eISBN:
9780191734724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264522.003.0019
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter aims to summarize the results of recent research producing estimates of hominin range areas, population sizes, and land use patterns based on archaeological data. Estimates of such ... More


Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Robin Dunbar, Clive Gamble, and John Gowlett (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264522
eISBN:
9780191734724
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264522.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

To understand who we are and why we are, we need to understand both modern humans and the ancestral stages that brought us to this point. The core to that story has been the role of evolving ... More


Human Social Evolution: A Comparison of Hunter-gatherer and Chimpanzee Social Organization

Robert Layton and Sean O'Hara

in Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264522
eISBN:
9780191734724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264522.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter compares the social behaviour of human hunter-gatherers with that of the better-studied chimpanzee species, Pan troglodytes, in an attempt to pinpoint the unique features of human social ... More


From Experiential-based to Relational-based Forms of Social Organization: A Major Transition in the Evolution of Homo sapiens

Dwight Read

in Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264522
eISBN:
9780191734724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264522.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

The evolutionary trajectory from non-human to human forms of social organization involves change from experiential- to relational-based systems of social interaction. Social organization derived from ... More


Networks and the Evolution of Socio-material Differentiation

Carl Knappett

in Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264522
eISBN:
9780191734724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264522.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Ideas of ‘distributed mind’ are invaluable to archaeology in explaining the intimate involvement of artefacts in human cognition. Much of the work in this domain, however, focuses on proximate ... More


The Socio-religious Brain: A Developmental Model

Daniel N. Finkel, Paul Swartwout, and Richard Sosis

in Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264522
eISBN:
9780191734724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264522.003.0014
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary approaches to religion and the social brain hypothesis are ripe for functional integration. One conceptual link for such integration lies in recognizing the artificially imposed ... More


Firing Up the Social Brain

John Gowlett

in Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264522
eISBN:
9780191734724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264522.003.0017
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

The mastery of fire is a great human achievement which has helped shape our species. This chapter addresses the wider importance of fire, arguing that it is part of a fundamental motor of human ... More


Small Worlds, Material Culture and Ancient Near Eastern Social Networks

Fiona Coward

in Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264522
eISBN:
9780191734724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264522.003.0021
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

The cognitive, psychological and sociological mechanisms underpinning complex social relationships among small groups are a part of our primate heritage. However, among human groups, relationships ... More


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