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Cognitive Evolution

1st Edition

By David B. Boles


392 pages | 110 Color Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Boxes


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



About the Author

David B. Boles is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical