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What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?$
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Bennett L. Schwartz, Mark L. Howe, Michael P. Toglia, and Henry Otgaar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928057

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928057.001.0001

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The Development of Adaptive Memory

The Development of Adaptive Memory

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What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?

Patrick Douglas Sellers

David F. Bjorklund

Oxford University Press

To consider children’s developing abilities as evolutionarily relevant behaviors, we must view the process of development not simply as a means to an end. Rather, development and children’s cognitions, emotions, and behaviors must be considered fodder for evolutionary change in the same way as adult sexual or survival behaviors are. Children carry with them through ontogeny not simply a history of their own past behaviors, decisions, contingencies, and learning, but also the cumulative history of hominin children whose experiences of childhood provided the framework for the development of adaptive childhood and memory. Consideration of this shared history and its active interaction over ontogeny can reframe development as an important entity in and of itself.

Keywords:   Human evolution, development, ontogenetic adaptation, adaptive memory, children’s cognition

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