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What is special about the human brain?

Richard Passingham


It is plausible that evolution could have created the human skeleton, but it is hard to believe that it created the human mind. Yet, in six or seven million years, evolution came up with Homo sapiens, a creature unlike anything the world had ever known. The mental gap between man and ape is immense, and yet evolution bridged that gap in so short a space of time. Since the brain is the organ of the mind, it is natural to assume that during the evolution of our hominid ancestors there were changes in the brain that can account for this gap. This book is a search for those changes. It is not enou ... More

Keywords: evolution, human skeleton, human mind, Homo sapiens, ape, human brain, functional brain imaging, perception, manual skill, social cognition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199230136
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230136.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Passingham, author
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK