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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: "Thirty years ago, archaeologist Tom Wynn pioneered modern attempts to unravel the evolution of cognition by looking at the archaeology of our ancestors in the light of psychological theory. Now he joins with psychologist Fred Coolidge to tackle the problem from both sides of the question. As with other combined attempts, the authors found that they both learned a lot about their own disciplines from working with the other. This resulting book is a delight and a constant source of insights. Readers will learn about their own ways thinking, why it is as it is, and how it came to be that way. This is a tale, both for the public and for professionals in many disciplines, told with wit and authority." - Iain Davidson , Harvard University and University of New England "Scientific and humanistic disciplines use different approaches and different perspectives. Their combination is delicate, and necessary. Here we have an incredibly effective and successful example of the potentialities of such integration" - Emiliano Bruner , Centro Nacional de Investigacion sobre la Evolucion Humana (CENIEH) "A thoughtful account of human evolution, focused on how a biological change in cognition could explain the emergence of modern humans in Africa and their subsequent expansion to Eurasia." - Richard Klein , Stanford University. Codice inventario libreria

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Riassunto: The Rise of Homo Sapiens: The Evolution of Human Thinking presents a provocative theory about the evolution of the modern mind based on archaeological evidence and the working memory model of experimental psychologist Alan Baddeley.

  • A unique introduction and primer into the new discipline of cognitive archaeology
  • Introduces scientists and college students (at all levels) to the fascinating interface between the worlds of archaeology and cognitive science

Dal retro di copertina: The Rise of Homo Sapiens: The Evolution of Human Thinking presents a provocative theory about the evolution of the modern mind based on archaeological evidence and the working memory model of experimental psychologist Alan Baddeley. The book explains the mystery of the disappearance of the Neandertals and the ascendancy of modern Homo sapiens - and whether this was at the expense of the Neandertals.

The Rise of Homo Sapiens has been written to introduce scientists and students to the fascinating interface between the worlds of archaeology and cognitive science, and argues that the evolution of modern thinking occurred in two major leaps; the advent of Homo erectus over 1.5 million years ago, and a final enhancement of working memory capacity sometime within the last 200,000 years. The authors argue that highly ritualized burials, personal ornaments, cave art and highly creative figurines, and age and gender divisions of economic labor, all of which were characteristic of Homo sapiens about 30,000 years ago, were clearly products of their cognitive functions, e.g., central executive functions. Neandertals, living at the same time, had virtually none of these cultural products despite larger brains! This is the first book to explain elaborately how thinking differences between Homo sapiens and Neandertals may have accounted for the ultimate demise of Neandertals.

Cognitive archaeology is a quickly growing discipline yet archaeologists have been slow to adopt current theories, models, and findings within contemporary cognitive science. The Rise of Homo Sapiens will serve as a unique introduction and primer into both disciplines.

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