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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


Deacon's Dilemma: The Problem of Pair-bonding in Human Evolution

Robin Dunbar

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/9780197264522.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Humans have an unusual mating system — nominally monogamous pair-bonds set within multimale/multifemale communities. In the context of large, dispersed communities, this inevitably places a ... More


The origin of explicit memory in hominins

Elisabeth A. Murray, Steven P. Wise, and Kim S. Graham

in The Evolution of Memory Systems

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199686438
eISBN:
9780191766312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686438.003.0011
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Development

The prevailing view of memory systems implies that rodents, monkeys, and humans have a homologous neural system for explicit memory. If so, it must have developed early in mammalian evolution, at the ... More


The significance of stones and bones: understanding the biology and evolution of rhythm requires attention to the archaeological and fossil record

Steven Mithen

in Language and Music as Cognitive Systems

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199553426
eISBN:
9780191731020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553426.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter also comments on the discussion in Chapter 9. It focuses on the efficacy of music in enhancing sociality. It suggests that Fitch's concern to frame a rigorous, ethologically comparative, ... More


Epilogue: Models, Puddings, and the Puzzle

Frederick L. Coolidge and Thomas Wynn

in Cognitive Models in Palaeolithic Archaeology

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190204112
eISBN:
9780190204136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204112.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The epilogue, “Models, Puddings and the Puzzle,” examines how chapters of the volume contribute to an understanding of human cognitive evolution. It summarizes very briefly how several of the ... More


Reconstructing memory’s past

Elisabeth A. Murray, Steven P. Wise, and Kim S. Graham

in The Evolution of Memory Systems

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199686438
eISBN:
9780191766312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686438.003.0013
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Development

This chapter summarizes our main conclusions: (1) humans have several memory systems, each of which evolved as an ancestor adapted to a new way of life; (2) all cortical areas contribute to memory, ... More


Genetics and the Reconstruction of African Population History

Francesc Calafell and David Comas

in Population in the Human Sciences: Concepts, Models, Evidence

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199688203
eISBN:
9780191767500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688203.003.0014
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter explores the possibility of subspecific divergence in Plio-Pleistocene hominins. The fossil record is patchy and hence it is notoriously difficult to assess adequately whether structured ... More


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