The Descent of Mind: Psychological Perspectives on Hominid Evolution

Paperback | March 15, 2000

EditorMichael Corballis, Stephen E. G. Lea

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To most people it seems obvious that there are major mental differences between ourselves and other species, but there is considerable debate over exactly how special our minds are, in what respects, and which were the critical evolutionary events that have shaped us. Some researchers claimlanguage as a solely human, even defining, attribute, while others claim that only humans are truly conscious. These questions have been explored mainly by archaeologists and anthropologists until recently, but this volume aims to show what psychologists have to say on the evolution of mind. The book begins with a thorough overview of what is known of the non-primate mind and its evolution. Following this, an international range of experts discuss in temporal sequence the human mind at various stages of evolution, beginning with the pre-hominids of 20 million years ago and ending withcontemporary human behaviour. Accessible to students and researchers alike in psychology, anthropology, evolution, archaeology, and ethology, The Descent of Mind provides a range of provocative answers to the timeless question of what it means to be human.

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To most people it seems obvious that there are major mental differences between ourselves and other species, but there is considerable debate over exactly how special our minds are, in what respects, and which were the critical evolutionary events that have shaped us. Some researchers claimlanguage as a solely human, even defining, at...

Michael Corballis is at University of Auckland. Stephen E. G. Lea is at Exeter University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. M.C. Corballis, and S.E.G. Lea: Are Humans Special? a history of psychological perspectives2. S.E.G. Lea: The Background to Hominid intelligence3. M.C. Corballis: Phylogeny from Apes to Humans4. R.W. Byrne: Human Cognitive Evolutionr 5. M.J. Beran, K.R. Gibson, and D.M. Rumbaugh: Predicting Hominid Intelligence from Brain Size6. J.E. King, D.M. Rumbaugh, and E.S. Savage Rumbaugh: Perception of Personality Traits and Semantic Learning in Evolving Hominids7. P.F. MacNeilage: Whatever Happened to Articulate Speech?8. M. Donald: Preconditions for the Evolution of Protolanguages9. S. Goldin-Meadow and D. McNeill: The Role of Gesture and Mimetic Representation in Making Language the Province of Speech10. A. Whiten: The Evolution of Deep Social Mind in Humans11. I.C. McManus: Handedness, Cerebral Lateralization, and the Evolution of Language12. T. Suddendorf: The Rise of the Metamind13. S. Baron-Cohen: The Evolution of a Theory of Mind14. D. Kelemen: Beliefs About Purpose: On the Origins of Teleological Thought15. P. Bloom: The Evolution of Certain Novel Human Capacities16. D. Thiessen: Social Influences on Human Assortative Mating17. A. Lock: On the Recent Origin of Symbolically-Mediated Language and its Implications for Psychological Science

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'The book is billed as being of interest to a multi-disciplinary audience and meets its aim of befitting advanced students and researchers in evolutionary psychology, anthropology, evolution and palaeontology' QJEP Section B