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Cognitive Archaeology and Human Evolution
     

Cognitive Archaeology and Human Evolution

by Sophie A. de Beaune, Frederick L. Coolidge (Editor), Thomas Wynn (Editor)
 

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This book presents new directions in the study of cognitive archaeology. Seeking to understand the conditions that led to the development of a variety of cognitive processes during evolution, it uses evidence from empirical studies and offers theoretical speculations about the evolution of modern thinking as well. The volume draws from the fields of archaeology and

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This book presents new directions in the study of cognitive archaeology. Seeking to understand the conditions that led to the development of a variety of cognitive processes during evolution, it uses evidence from empirical studies and offers theoretical speculations about the evolution of modern thinking as well. The volume draws from the fields of archaeology and neuropsychology, which traditionally have shared little in the way of theories and methods, even though both disciplines provide crucial pieces to the puzzle of the emergence and evolution of human cognition. The twelve essays, written by an international team of scholars, represent an eclectic array of interests, methods, and theories about evolutionary cognitive archaeology. Collectively, they consider whether the processes in the development of human cognition simply made a better use of anatomical and cerebral structures already in place at the beginning of hominization. They also consider the possibility of an active role of hominoids in their own development and query the impact of hominoid activity in the emergence of new cognitive abilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521769778
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/22/2009
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Sophie A. de Beaune is Professor of Prehistory at Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 and researcher at CNRS in France. The author of eight books, most recently L'Homme et l'Outil: L'Invention technique durant la Préhistoire, she is also director of a book series entitled 'Le passé recomposé' at CNRS Editions.

Frederick L. Coolidge is Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He has published extensively in behavioral genetics, neuropsychology, psychopathology assessment, and cognitive archaeology, with recent articles in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal, the Journal of Human Evolution, and the Journal of Archaeological Research, among others.

Thomas Wynn is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He has published extensively on the evolution of human cognition, culminating in a target article in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2002).

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