Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience

ISBN-10: 0262162415

ISBN-13: 9780262162418

Edition: 2006

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Description: Since Darwin we have known that evolution has shaped all organisms and that biological organs--including the brain and the highly crafted animal nervous system--are subject to the pressures of natural and sexual selection. It is only relatively recently, however, that the cognitive neurosciences have begun to apply evolutionary theory and methods to the study of brain and behavior. This landmark reference documents and defines the emerging field of evolutionary cognitive neuroscience. Chapters by leading researchers demonstrate the power of the evolutionary perspective to yield new data, theory, and insights on the evolution and functional modularity of the brain. Evolutionary cognitive neuroscience covers all areas of cognitive neuroscience, from nonhuman brain-behavior relationships to human cognition and consciousness, and each section of Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscienceaddresses a different adaptive problem. After an introductory section that outlines the basic tenets of both theory and methodology of an evolutionarily informed cognitive neuroscience, the book treats neuroanatomy from ontogenetic and phylogenetic perspectives and explores reproduction and kin recognition, spatial cognition and language, and self-awareness and social cognition. Notable findings include a theory to explain the extended ontogenetic and brain development periods of big-brained organisms, fMRI research on the neural correlates of romantic attraction, an evolutionary view of sex differences in spatial cognition, a theory of language evolution that draws on recent research on mirror neurons, and evidence for a rudimentary theory of mind in nonhuman primates. A final section discusses the ethical implications of evolutionary cognitive neuroscience and the future of the field. Contributors: C. Davison Ankey, Simon Baron-Cohen, S. Marc Breedlove, William Christiana, Michael Corballis, Robin I. M. Dunbar, Russell Fernald, Helen Fisher, Jonathan Flombaum, Farah Focquaert, Steven J. C. Gaulin, Aaron Goetz, Kevin Guise, Ruben C. Gur, William D. Hopkins, Farzin Irani, Julian Paul Keenan, Michael Kimberly, Stephen Kosslyn, Sarah L. Levin, Lori Marino, David Newlin, Ivan S. Panyavin, Shilpa Patel, Webb Phillips, Steven M. Platek, David Andrew Puts, Katie Rodak, J. Phillippe Rushton, Laurie Santos, Todd K. Shackelford, Kyra Singh, Sean T. Stevens, Valerie Stone, Jaime W. Thomson, Gina Volshteyn, Paul Root Wolpe

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List price: $14.75
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/27/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 620
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

Contributors
Preface
Introduction and Overview
Introduction to Evolutionary Theory and Its Modern Application to Human Behavior and Cognition
Brain and Cognition in Evolutionary Perspective
Introduction to Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience Methods
Neuroanatomy: Ontogeny and Phylogeny
The Evolution of Ontogeny and Human Cognitive Uniqueness: Selection for Extended Brain Development in the Hominid Line
Hemispheric Specialization in Chimpanzees: Evolution of Hand and Brain
The Evolution of Brain Size and Intelligence
The Evolution of the Brain and Cognition in Cetaceans
Reproduction and Kin Selection
The Social Control of Reproduction: Physiological, Cellular, and Molecular Consequences of Social Status
Neural Correlates of Facial Resemblance
Lust, Romance, Attachment: Do the Side Effects of Serotonin-Enhancing Antidepressants Jeopardize Romantic Love, Marriage, and Fertility?
Self-Perceived Survival and Reproductive Fitness Theory: Substance Use Disorders, Evolutionary Game Theory, and the Brain
Spatial Cognition and Language
Sex Differences in Spatial Ability: Evolution, Hormones, and the Brain
The Evolution of Sex Differences in Spatial Cognition
The Evolution of Language: From Hand to Mouth
Self-Awareness and Social Cognition
The Evolution of Human Mindreading: How Nonhuman Primates Can Inform Social Cognitive Neuroscience
Social Cognition and the Evolution of Self-Awareness
The Assortative Mating Theory of Autism
Deception, Evolution, and the Brain
On the Evolution of Human Motivation: The Role of Social Prosthetic Systems
Theoretical, Ethical, and Future Implications for Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience
Philosophical, Ethical, and Social Considerations of Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience
Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience
Index
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