Introduction: The Evolution of Mind, Brain, and Culture

In Gary Hatfield & Holly Pittman (eds.), Evolution of Mind, Brain, and Culture. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 1-44 (2013)
Gary Hatfield
University of Pennsylvania
This introductory chapter surveys some basic findings on primate evolution and the evolution of mind; examines socially transmitted traditions in relation to the concept of culture; recounts the sources of evidence regarding the evolution of mind and culture; charts the history of evolutionary approaches to mind and behavior since Darwin; reviews several prominent theoretical syntheses concerning the evolution of the human mind and behavior; and, along the way, introduces the specific questions examined in the individual chapters.
Keywords Evolution of culture  Nonhuman culture  Hominin evolution  Evolution of mind  Evolutinary thought in psychology  Antropology and evolution  Pleistocene  Paleoanthropology  Upper paleolithic  Primate evolution
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