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Evolution of Language

Angela D. Friederici and Noam Chomsky

in Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780262036924
eISBN:
9780262342964
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036924.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

The past and current views of language evolution all center around a crucial question: What led to the human faculty of language and can it be explained by continuity of phylogenesis from non-human ... More


Human cognitive evolution

Richard W Byrne

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/9780192632593.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter examines the current evidence of intellectual skills in non-human primates for what their distribution across species shows about the evolutionary history of cognition. At the same time, ... More


Perception of personality traits and semantic learning in evolving hominids

James E. King, Duane M. Rumbaugh, and E. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

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/9780192632593.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

There are three main arguments in this chapter. First, human personality dimensions predict behaviour and other humans can accurately assess those dimensions based on that behaviour. Second, ... More


The Brain Opioid Theory of Social Attachment: A Review of the Evidence1

A.J. Machin and R.I.M. Dunbar

in Lucy to Language: The Benchmark Papers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199652594
eISBN:
9780191804700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199652594.003.0009
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the role of endorphins in social bonding in humans and non-human primates. After reviewing the evidence from non-primate mammals and the issues that arise from focusing on ... More


Joint Attention and the Notion of Subject: Insights from Apes, Normal Children, and Children with Autis m

Juan-Carlos Gómez

in Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199245635
eISBN:
9780191715303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245635.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter proposes that the cognitive mechanisms of joint attention (defined as a combination of attention following skills with attention contact skills) are not metarepresentational in nature, ... More


What Chimpanzees Know about Seeing, Revisited: An Explanation of the Third Kind

Josep Call and Michael Tomasello

in Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199245635
eISBN:
9780191715303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245635.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Chimpanzees follow the gaze of conspecifics and humans — follow it past distractors and behind barriers, ‘check back’ with humans when gaze following does not yield interesting sights, use gestures ... More


Predicting hominid intelligence from brain size

Michael J. Beran, Kathleen R. Gibson, and Duane M. Rumbaugh

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/9780192632593.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Intelligence has been associated with brain size and organisation. Ralph Holloway and M. C. De LaCoste-Lareymondie stated that australopithecine fossils show human rather than pongid patterns of ... More


The Origins of Object Knowledge

Bruce M. Hood and Laurie R. Santos (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199216895
eISBN:
9780191696039
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216895.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Do humans start life with the capacity to detect and mentally represent the objects around them? Or is our object knowledge instead derived only as the result of prolonged experience with the ... More


Why an Evolutionary Perspective is Critical to Understanding Moral Behavior in Humans

Sarah F. Brosnan

in Challenges to Moral and Religious Belief: Disagreement and Evolution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199669776
eISBN:
9780191778650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669776.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

It is sometimes argued that moral behavior and concern for others set humans apart from other species. Yet other species share some of these behaviors. Studying them helps us to understand the ... More


Cumulative Gene × Environment Influences on Neurobehavioral Development in Humans and Nonhuman Primates

Fatima Umber Ahmed and Erin Loraine Kinnally

in Statistical Approaches to Gene X Environment Interactions for Complex Phenotypes

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034685
eISBN:
9780262335522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034685.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Biomathematics / Statistics and Data Analysis / Complexity Studies

In this chapter Ahmed and Kinnally provide some longitudinal examples and illustrations of how G x E influences may be studied with regard to neurobehavioral (brain) development in human and ... More


Human Tool Use: A Causal Role in Plasticity of Bodily and Spatial Representations

Lucilla Cardinali, Claudio Brozzoli, Francesca Frassinetti, Alice C. Roy, and Alessandro Farnè

in Tool Use and Causal Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199571154
eISBN:
9780191731259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Behind the complex phenomenon of the phylogenetic development of tool use and its potential causal implication for higher forms of cognition, there are important ‘lower level’ aspects of cognition ... More


Elements of episodic-like memory in animals

N. S. Clayton, D. P. Griffiths, N. J. Emery, and A. Dickinson

in Episodic Memory: New Directions in Research

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198508809
eISBN:
9780191687396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508809.003.0013
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Most of the tasks that have been used to investigate animal memory can be explained in terms other than episodic recall. A different strategy of testing whether or not animals are capable of episodic ... More


Origins of the Moral Punishment Instinct

Jan-Willem van Prooijen

in The Moral Punishment Instinct

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190609979
eISBN:
9780190610005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190609979.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Third-party punishment occurs among insect species, cleaner fish, and non-human primates. This suggests that organisms do not need a sophisticated sense of morality to be punitive. Why, then, did ... More


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