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The Origin of Mind: Evolution of Brain, Cognition, and General Intelligence
Darwin considered an understanding of the evolution of the human mind and brain to be of major importance to the evolutionary sciences. This groundbreaking book sets out a comprehensive, integrated theory of why and how the human mind has developed to function as it does. Geary proposes that human motivational, affective, behavioral, and cognitive systems have evolved to p ...more
Hardcover, 459 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by American Psychological Association (APA)
(first published October 15th 2004)
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This book is both extremely well researched but also extremely dense. Case in point (from the introduction):
I worked under the assumption that motivational, affective, behavioral, cognitive, and brain systems have evolved to process social and ecological information patterns (e.g., facial patterns) that covaried with survival or reproductive populations during human evolution. My specific proposal is that all of these systems are ultimately and proximately focused on supporting attempts by the i...more
This book is a challenging read, and probably not for a general audience, but it is an excellent and well researched survey of what we know about the evolution of the human brain. The coverage of the substrate of fluid and crystallized intelligence is particularly good.
David C. Geary is a cognitive developmental and evolutionary psychologist with interests in mathematical learning and sex differences. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of California at Riverside, he held faculty positions at the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Missouri, first at the Rolla campus and then in Columbia. Dr. Geary is currently a Curators' Prof ...moreMore about David C. Geary...