392 pages | 110 Color Illus.
Cognitive Evolution provides an in-depth exploration of the history and development of cognition, from the beginning of life on Earth to present-day humans. Drawing together evolutionary and comparative research, this book presents a unique perspective on the evolution of human cognition. Adopting an information processing perspective – that is, from inputs to outputs, with all the mental processes in between, Boles provides a systematic overview of the evolutionary development of cognition and of its sensation, movement, and perception components.
The book is supported by long-established evolutionary theories and backed up by a wealth of recent research from the growing field of cognitive evolution and cognitive neuroscience to provide a comprehensive text on the subject.
Cognitive Evolution is an essential read for advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students of cognitive and evolutionary psychology.
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Section One: Introduction to Evolution
Chapter 1. Life Begins
Chapter 2. Life Gets Complicated
Chapter 3. Vertebrates to Early Mammals
Chapter 4. Later Mammals through Primates
Chapter 5. Humans
Section Two: Sensation and Movement
Chapter 6. The Mechanical and Chemical Senses
Chapter 7. Vision
Chapter 8. The Origins of Motion
Chapter 9. Bipedalism
Section Three: Perception and Cognition
Chapter 10. Praxis and Handedness
Chapter 11. Tools and Planning
Chapter 12. Spatial Perception
Chapter 13. Pattern Recognition
Chapter 14. Memory
Chapter 15. Language
Chapter 16. Consciousness
Chapter 17. A Summary in Nine Firsts