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The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve

H. Clark Barrett


This book presents a roadmap for an evolutionary psychology of the twenty-first century. It brings together theory from biology and cognitive science to show how the brain can be composed of specialized adaptations, and yet also be an organ of plasticity. Although mental adaptations have typically been seen as monolithic, hardwired components frozen in the evolutionary past, this book presents a new view of mental adaptations as diverse and variable, with distinct functions and evolutionary histories that shape how they develop, what information they use, and what they do with it. The book des ... More

Keywords: evolutionary psychology, evolutionary developmental biology, cognitive science, neuroscience, evolution, modularity, plasticity, developmental systems, culture, cognition

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199348305
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. Clark Barrett, author
UCLA Department of Anthropology, Los Angeles, Professor, USA

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