Delegation to automaticity

the driving force for cognitive evolution?

J. M. Shine*, R. Shine

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The ability to delegate control over repetitive tasks from higher to lower neural centers may be a fundamental innovation in human cognition. Plausibly, the massive neurocomputational challenges associated with the mastery of balance during the evolution of bipedality in proto-humans provided a strong selective advantage to individuals with brains capable of efficiently transferring tasks in this way. Thus, the shift from quadrupedal to bipedal locomotion may have driven the rapid evolution of distinctive features of human neuronal functioning. We review recent studies of functional neuroanatomy that bear upon this hypothesis, and identify ways to test our ideas

Original languageEnglish
Article number90
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Neuroscience
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • automaticity
  • delegation
  • bipedality
  • evolution

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