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In the Mind's Eye: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Evolution of Human Cognition

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Volume 13

International Monographs in Prehistory: Archaeological Series

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In the Mind's Eye

Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Evolution of Human Cognition

Edited by April Nowell

200 pages, illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-87962-131-2 $180.00/£128.00 Hb Published (January 2001)

ISBN  978-1-87962-130-5 $59.95/£43.00 Pb Published (January 2001)

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The last decade has witnessed a sophistication and proliferation in the number of studies focused on the evolution of human cognition, reflecting a renewed interest in the evolution of the human mind in anthropology and in many other disciplines. The complexity and enormity of this topic requires the coordinated efforts of many researchers. This volume brings together the disciplines of palaeontology, psychology, anatomy, and primatology. Together, they address a number of issues, including the evolution of sex differences in spatial cognition, the role of archaeology in the cognitive sciences, the relationships between brain size, cranial reorganization and hominid cognition, and the role of language and information processing in human evolution.



April Nowell is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at University of Victoria. She holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Subject: Archaeology General Anthropology



Contents

List of Contributors

Forward
Philip Tobias

Acknowledgments

Introduction
April Nowell

PART I: ARCHAEOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Chapter 1. The Role of Archaeology in Cognitive Science
Thomas Wynn

Chapter 2. The Re-Emergence of Cognitive Archaeology
April Nowell

PART II: ON THE GROUND: INTERPRETING MATERIAL AND NON-MATERIAL ARTIFACTS

Chapter 3. Memories out of Mind: The archaeology of the oldest memory systems
Francesco d’Errico

Chapter 4. A Pragmatic View of the Emergence of Paleolithic Symbol Using
Martin Byers

Chapter 5. Nonmaterial Artifacts: A Distributed Approach to Mind
Shirley Strum and Deborah Forster

PART III: PALEONEUROLOGY

Chapter 6. Archaeological Implications of Paleoneurology
Harry J. Jerison

Chapter 7. Intellectual Surplusage: The Role of Bipedalism
Sean C. Hogan and Gordon G. Gallup, Jr.

Chapter 8. Before or After the Split? Hominoid Brain Structures and the Evolution of the Human Mind
Katerina Semendeferi

PART IV: INFORMATION PROCESSING IN HUMAN EVOLUTION

Chapter 9. Multilevel Information Processing, Archaeology and Evolution
Philip Chase

Chapter 10. Behavioral Response to Variable Pleistocene Landscapes
Richard Potts

Chapter 11. The Fossil Evidence for the Evolution of Human Intelligence in Pleistocene Homo
Anne Weaver, Trenton W. Holliday, Christopher B. Ruff and Erik Trinkaus

PART V: A FINAL WORD: THE ORIGINS OF LANGUAGE

Chapter 12. On the Neural Bases of Spoken Language
Philip Lieberman

Chapter 13. Discovering the Symbolic Potential of Communicative Signs—The Origins of Speaking a Language.
William Noble and Iain Davidson

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