ISBN : 9780190680916
The Rise of Homo sapiens is an introduction to human cognitive evolution written by psychologist Frederick L. Coolidge and archaeologist Thomas Wynn. The text differs from other treatments of cognitive evolution in its reliance on the archaeological record, and its emphasis on working memory, the most thoroughly investigated cognitive model of the last half-century.
List of Figures; 1. Introduction; 2. The Brain; 3. Working Memory; 4. Brain Evolution; 5. Primates; 6. Early Hominins; 7. Homo erectus; 8. The First Major Leap in Cognition: The Tree-to-Ground Sleep Transition; 9. Homo heidelbergensis and the Beginnings of Modern Thinking; 10. The Rise and Fall of Neandertals; 11. Enhanced Working Memory and the Evolution of Modern Thinking; Glossary; References; Index