Cognitive Archaeology and Human Evolution

Cognitive Archaeology and Human Evolution

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Cambridge University Press, 8/12/2011
EAN 9780521746113, ISBN10: 0521746116

Paperback, 200 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
Language: English

Cognitive Archaeology and Human Evolution presented 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 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.

1. The emergence of cognitive abilities
the contribution of neuropsychology to archaeology Sophie A. de Beaune
2. Technical invention in the Paleolithic
what if the answer comes from the cognitive and neuropsychological sciences? Sophie A. de Beaune
3. Innovation and creativity
a neuropsychological perspective Andreas Kyriacou
4. The archaeology of consciousness Matt Rossano
5. Prehistoric handedness and prehistoric language Natalie Uomini
6. How to think a simple spear Miriam Haidle
7. Long-term memory and middle Pleistocene 'mysterians' Michael J. Walker
8. The quest for a common semantics
observations on definitional criteria of cognitive processes in prehistory Carolina Maestro and Carmine Collina
9. Cognition and the emergence of language
a contribution from lithic technology Jacques Pelegrin
10. Language and the origin of symbolic thought Ian Tattersall
11. Implications of a strict standard for recognizing modern cognition in the Paleolithic Thomas Wynn and Frederick L. Coolidge
12. Imagination and recursion
issues in the emergence of language Eric Reuland
13. Whither evolutionary cognitive archaeology? Thomas Wynn.