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Technologies of Séparation and the Evolution of Social Extension

Clive Gamble

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/9780197264522.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Archaeological accounts of cognitive evolution have traditionally favoured an internal model of the mind and a search for symbolic proxies. This chapter argues for an external model of cognition and ... More


Fragmenting Hominins and the Presencing of Early Palaeolithic Social Worlds

John Chapman and Bisserka Gaydarska

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/9780197264522.003.0020
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter introduces the fragmentation premise — the idea that the deliberate breakage of a complete object and the re-use of the resultant fragments as new and separate objects ‘after the break’ ... More


The Aesthetic Faculty

Terrence Deacon

in The Artful Mind: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195306361
eISBN:
9780199851034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306361.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter offers an overview of the cognitive principles of art, the origins of art, and the cognitive function of art. Art is an activity that arises in the context of human cultural and ... More


Darwin's Unfinished Symphony

Kevin N. Laland

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691182810
eISBN:
9780691184470
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182810.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Humans possess an extraordinary capacity for cultural production, from the arts and language to science and technology. How did the human mind—and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit ... More


The evolution of deep social mind in humans

Andrew Whiten

in The Descent of Mind: Psychological Perspectives on Hominid Evolution

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780192632593
eISBN:
9780191670497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632593.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The hunting patterns of several species of felid and canid are important for social reasons and cooperative ones also, of course. What differentiates the human approach compared to the animal ... More


The background to hominid intelligence

Stephen E. G. Lea

in The Descent of Mind: Psychological Perspectives on Hominid Evolution

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780192632593
eISBN:
9780191670497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632593.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Among the animal species that share some kind of common ancestor with humans there are many, in addition to the four species of great ape that apparently also share some kind of intelligence. Such ... More


Maternal Effects, Social Cognitive Development, and the Evolution of Human Intelligence

David F. Bjorklund, Jason Grotuss, and Adriana Csinady

in Maternal Effects in Mammals

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226501192
eISBN:
9780226501222
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226501222.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Animal Behavior / Behavioral Ecology

This chapter examines maternal effects in human cognitive evolution. It discusses the changes in social intelligence and argues that the confluence of increased brain size, delayed maturation, and ... More


Evolution of Cognitive Archaeology through Evolving Cognitive Systems: A Chapter for Tom Wynn

Iain Davidson

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Tom Wynn’s original work that looked at the evolution of stone tool technology using Piaget’s developmental sequence was the beginning of productive research into the evolution of hominin and human ... More


Cognition in great apes

Richard W. Byrne

in Comparative Neuropsychology

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198524113
eISBN:
9780191689116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524113.003.0013
Subject:
Psychology, Neuropsychology

This chapter first establishes a ‘baseline’ of animal cognition, against which to compare the cognition of great apes. The proper group to use for this is the Old World monkeys, diverging from the ... More


The Evolution of Primate General and Cultural Intelligence*

Simon M. Reader, Yfke Hager, and Kevin N. Laland

in Culture Evolves

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199608966
eISBN:
9780191804656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199608966.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

There are consistent individual differences in human intelligence, attributable to a single ‘general intelligence’ factor, g. The evolutionary basis of g and its links to social learning and culture ... More


Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Karenleigh A. Overmann and Frederick L. Coolidge (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This anthology celebrates 40 years of an archaeology of mind, the investigation of how the modern human mind emerged, as discerned through material artifacts such as the stone tools used throughout ... More


The Expert Cognition Model in Human Evolutionary Studies

Thomas Wynn, Miriam Haidle, Marlize Lombard, and Frederick L. Coolidge

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/9780190204112.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

In this chapter, the authors argue that technical cognition can best be understood as a variety of expert performance, or expertise. Expert performances are grounded in a cognitive system in which ... More


Knapping in the Dark: Stone Tools and a Theory of Mind

James Cole

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0018
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Understanding the cognitive abilities of ancestral hominins remains challenging, despite the many advances of recent years, including new fossil discoveries and paleogenetic data. However, the ... More


Rationales for Music in Evolution

Iain Morley

in The Prehistory of Music: Human Evolution, Archaeology, and the Origins of Musicality

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199234080
eISBN:
9780191804281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234080.003.0011
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines selective benefits of musical behaviours and the role of music in human evolution. It discusses the differences between selection for the capacities for the behaviours and ... More


Flake-Making and the “Cognitive Rubicon”: Insights from Stone-Knapping Experiments

Mark W. Moore

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Stone tools have a continuous record extending some 3.3 million years. Our hominin ancestors engaged in relatively simple stone flaking, and stone tools of extreme complexity were produced by ... More


What is intelligence and what is it for?

Richard Byrne

in The Thinking Ape: Evolutionary Origins of Intelligence

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198522652
eISBN:
9780191688676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198522652.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter discusses the need to describe and measure the intelligence of various animals in order to use the comparative method to reconstruct cognitive evolution in humans. Especially, ... More


Sticks, Stones, and the Origins of Sapience

Philip J. Barnard

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter explores the conjecture that tool use helped lay the foundations of key properties of modern minds: propositional meaning; wisdom and intuitions about meanings with their ineffable ... More


Does the bonobo have a (chimpanzee-like) theory of mind?

Christopher Krupenye, Evan L. MacLean, and Brian Hare

in Bonobos: Unique in Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198728511
eISBN:
9780191795381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198728511.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

Theory of mind—the ability to reason about the thoughts and emotions of others—is central to what makes us human. Chimpanzees too appear to understand some psychological states. While less is known ... More


Towers and Trees in Cognitive Evolution

Peter Godfrey-Smith

in The Philosophy of Daniel Dennett

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780199367511
eISBN:
9780199367535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199367511.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science

Dennett argues that Darwinism provides a universal theory of adaptation and improvement in design. In his “Tower of Generate and Test,” Dennett distinguishes four kinds of creatures that realize a ... More


The Handaxe Aesthetic

Thomas Wynn and Tony Berlant

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0014
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

From an evolutionary perspective, it is unlikely that the modern human aesthetic sensibility emerged fully formed 40,000 years ago. Rather than positing antecedents that left little or no ... More


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