Evolutionary Neuropsychology: An Introduction to the Evolution of the Structures and Functions of the Human Brain

ISBN : 9780190940942

Frederick L. Coolidge
288 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Feb 2020
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In Evolutionary Neuropsychology, Frederick L. Coolidge examines the evolutionary origins of the human brain's present structures and functions, and traces these origins from the first life forms, through the development of consciousness, to modern human thinking. A new multidisciplinary science, evolutionary neuropsychology embraces and uses empirical findings from the fields of evolution, neuroscience, cognitive sciences, psychology, anthropology, and archaeology. The bedrock foundation of evolutionary neuropsychology is the assumption that functionally-specialized brain regions are adaptations naturally selected in response to various environmental challenges over the course of billions of years of evolution. These adaptations and their brain regions and circuitry may now serve new functions, which are called exaptations, and they are particularly involved in higher cognitive functions.


Chapter 1: A Brief History of Life and Brain Evolution

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Learning and Memory Systems

Chapter 3: An Introduction to the Brain

Chapter 4: The Frontal Lobes

Chapter 5: The Parietal Lobes

Chapter 6: The Temporal Lobes

Chapter 7: The Cerebellum

Chapter 8: The Hippocampus

Chapter 9: The Evolution of Sleep and Dreams

Chapter 10: Paleopsychopathology

About the author: 

Frederick L. Coolidge received his PhD in Psychology and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Florida. He is currently a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). He has received three Fulbright Fellowships, three teaching awards, and two outstanding research awards. In 2015, he was a Senior Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, and he is an annual Scholar-in-Residence at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar.

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