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Origins of Intelligence The Evolution of Cognitive Development in Monkeys, Apes, and Humans

ISBN-10: 0801866715
ISBN-13: 9780801866715
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 9/30/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Since Darwin's time, comparative psychologists have searched for a good way to compare cognition in humans and nonhuman primates. In Origins of Intelligence, Sue Parker and Michael McKinney offer such a framework and make a strong case for using human development theory (both Piagetian and neo-Piagetian) to study the evolution of intelligence across primate species. Their approach is comprehensive, covering a broad range of social, symbolic, physical, and logical domains, which fall under the all-encompassing and much-debated term intelligence. A widely held theory among developmental psychologists and social and biological anthropologists is that cognitive evolution in humans has occurred through juvenilization -- the gradual accentuation and lengthening of childhood in the evolutionary process. In this work, however, Parker and McKinney argue instead that new stages were added at the end of cognitive development in our hominid ancestors, coining the term adultification by terminal extension to explain this process. Drawing evidence from scores of studies on monkeys, great apes, and human children, this book provides unique insights into ontogenetic constraints that have interacted with selective forces to shape the evolution of cognitive development in our lineage.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Cognitive Development in Human and Nonhuman Primates
Comparative Developmental Studies of Primate Cognition
Development of Physical Cognition in Children, Apes, and Monkeys
Development of Logical-Mathematical Cognition in Children, Apes, and Monkeys
Development of Social Cognition in Children, Apes, and Monkeys
Development of Language in Young Children and Apes
Comparing Primate Cognition across Domains: Integration or Isolation?
Cognitive Development in the Context of Life History
The Evolution of Cognitive Development
Development and Evolution: A Primer
The Evolution of Human Mental Development
Cognitive Adaptations of Apes and Humans
Comparing Adaptive Scenarios for Primate Cognition
The Evolution and Development of the Brain
Cognitive Complexity and Progress in Evolution
References
Index

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