Steven M. Platek, Julian paul keenan and Todd K. shackelford (eds), evolutionary cognitive neuroscience

Mitch Parsell*

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    Abstract

    A volume of 21 chapters offering an introduction to the emerging area of evolutionary cognitive neuroscience is presented. The volume is divided into six parts, where parts 1 and 2 present the evolutionary groundwork, parts 3-5 examine particular areas of cognition that are important to humans as a species, and part 6 offers theory about the morality. A chapter by Robin Dunbar on the basics of cognitive and brain evolution is one of the better entries, which explains some complex neurology. Chapter 12 by David Puts, Steven Gaulin, and Marc Breedlove on sex differences in spatial abilities is praiseworthy. Chapter 8 by Russell Fernald examines the social control of reproduction in fishes in semi-natural settings using multiple techniques. There are two weaknesses of this volume, including a tendency to oversimplify and overstate, and a lack of clear focus.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)275-278
    Number of pages4
    JournalMinds and Machines
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2009

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