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The Social Brain

Nikolas Rose and Joelle M. Abi-Rached

in Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149608
eISBN:
9781400846337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149608.003.0006
Subject:
Neuroscience, Development

This chapter looks at the social brain hypothesis. The term social brain has come to stand for the argument that the human brain, and indeed that of some other animals, is specialized for a ... More


Social Networks and Social Complexity in Female-bonded Primates

Julia Lehmann, Katherine Andrews, and 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/9780197264522.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Most primates are intensely social and spend a large amount of time servicing social relationships. The social brain hypothesis suggests that the evolution of the primate brain has been driven by the ... More


Excavating the Prehistoric Mind: The Brain as a Cultural Artefact and Material Culture as Biological Extension

Steven Mithen

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/9780197264522.003.0022
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

The adoption of an explicitly cognitive approach has become prominent in archaeological research during the last decade, helping to place Palaeolithic archaeology into a driving role in the ... More


When Individuals Do Not Stop at the Skin

Alan Barnard

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/9780197264522.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter examines contemporary hunter-gatherer societies in Africa and elsewhere in light of the social brain and the distributed mind hypotheses. One question asked is whether African ... More


How Intelligent Is Machiavellian Behavior?

Redouan Bshary, Felice Di Lascio, Ana Pinto, and Erica van de Waal

in Animal Thinking: Contemporary Issues in Comparative Cognition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262016636
eISBN:
9780262298988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016636.003.0014
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The hypothesis that the complexity of social life selects for large brains is currently very prominent. This functional hypothesis has been tested mainly through experiments which aim to identify the ... More


The Social Brain Hypothesis: An Evolutionary Perspective on the Neurobiology of Social Behaviour1

Susanne Shultz 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/9780199652594.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter places human cognition into an evolutionary context by describing brain and cognitive evolution in humans' closest relatives, the primates (prosimians, monkeys, and apes), and how human ... More


The Social Brain and the Shape of the Palaeolithic1

Clive Gamble, J.A.J. Gowlett, 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/9780199652594.003.0002
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the debate over the shape of the Palaeolithic as stages, which contain long periods of stasis interspersed with revolutions, and gradients, where incremental advances add up to ... More


Accessing Hominin Cognition: Language and Social Signaling in the Lower to Middle Palaeolithic

James Cole

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/9780190204112.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter aims to bring the evolution of behavioral complexity and language together through the theoretical perspective of the identity model, which provides a clear link between the behavioral ... More


The Road to Modern Humans: Time Budgets, Fission-fusion Sociality, Kinship and the Division of Labour in Hominin Evolution

R.I.M. Dunbar, Julia Lehmann, Amanda H. Korstjens, and J.A.J. Gowlett

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/9780199652594.003.0015
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter explores the role of time budgets, fission-fusion sociality, kinship, and division of labour in the evolution of hominins. More specifically, it considers whether human anatomical and ... More


Mind the Gap: or Why Humans Aren’t Just Great Apes1

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/9780199652594.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter demonstrates the value of an evolutionary framework by explaining why humans differ from other apes and monkeys, despite their similar evolutionary history. Drawing on various ... 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


Mindreading in Animals: Its Importance and History

Robert W. Lurz

in Mindreading Animals: The Debate over What Animals Know about Other Minds

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016056
eISBN:
9780262298339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016056.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The question of whether nonhuman animals read minds—that is, whether they are able to attribute mental states, such as intentions, beliefs, and perceptual experiences, to others by observing their ... More


The Identity Model: A Theory to Access Visual Display and Hominin Cognition within the Palaeolithic1

James Cole

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/9780199652594.003.0005
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter describes a new theoretical construct known as the Identity Model to access visual display and hominin cognition within the Palaeolithic. The Identity Model posits how the increasing ... More


A growing network for cultural transmission

Alberto Acerbi

in Cultural Evolution in the Digital Age

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198835943
eISBN:
9780191873331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198835943.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

The first chapter discusses how digital media increased, and are still increasing, the network in which cultural transmission can occur. Research inspired by the social brain hypothesis shows that ... More


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