The Rise of Homo sapiens: The Evolution of Modern Thinking / Edition 1

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Overview

The Rise of Homo Sapiens: The Evolution of Human Thinking presents a provocative theory about the evolution of the modern mind based on archaeological evidence and the working memory model of experimental psychologist Alan Baddeley.

  • A unique introduction and primer into the new discipline of cognitive archaeology
  • Introduces scientists and college students (at all levels) to the fascinating interface between the worlds of archaeology and cognitive science
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Editorial Reviews

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"In this well-structured book, a useful introduction lays out the main points of the volume, followed by three chapters devoted to the biological, neurological, and evolutionary aspects of the human brain . . . regardless of this difference of opinions, for those who missed the series of papers published by the two authors over the last decade, this book is a good way to catch up and to ponder some influential ideas in the research on modern humans." (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 2011)

"Coolidge and Wynn offer many useful insights into hominid cognition and provide a framework for model building and testing that can generate unequivocal results. The real contribution of The Rise of Homo sapiens, then, is not in its conclusions, but in its methodological commitments." (Journal of Anthropological Research, 2010)"The book presents some intriguing ideas and offers alternative support for those who see a recent origin for modern human behaviour." (South African Archaeological Bulletin, 2010)

“Coolidge and Wynn have written a clear, well-researched book that provides a strongly reasoned theoretical argument.” (PsycCRITIQUES, 2009)

“This volume will be of considerable interest to anyone working in the cognitive sciences, notably anthropologists, archaeologists, and neuropsychologists.” (CHOICE, October 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405152549
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 1,025,400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick L. Coolidge is Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Along with Tomas Wynn he has pubished articles in American Scientist, Current Anthropology, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Journal of Human Evolution, and many others.

Thomas Wynn is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

2. The Brain.

3. Working Memory.

4. Brain Evolution.

5. Primates.

6. Early Hominins.

7. Homo erectus.

8. The First Major Leap in Cognition: The Tree-to-Ground Sleep Transition.

9. Homo heidelbergensis and the Beginnings of Modern Thinking.

10. The Rise and Fall of Neandertal.

11. The Second Major Leap in Cognition: Enhanced Working Memory and the Evolution of Modern Thinking.

Glossary.

References

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Good book

    Accurate, well writen and thought provoking. Great book for evolution students, but don't have to have too much of a scientific background to understand. Going to use this book and some of the articles it referanced in my thesis.

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