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Foundations in Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience [Kindle Edition]

Steven M. Platek , Todd K. Shackelford
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0521884217
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0521884211
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This book is an introduction to the emerging field of evolutionary cognitive neuroscience, a branch of neuroscience that combines the disciplines of evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience. It outlines the application of cognitive neuroscientific methods (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation, magneto- and electroencephalography, and the use of neuropsychiatric and neurosurgical patients) to answer empirical questions posed from an evolutionary meta-theoretical perspective. Chapters outline the basics of cognitive evolution and how the methods of cognitive neuroscience can be employed to answer questions about the presence of evolved cognitive adaptations. Written for graduate students and researchers, the book presents the major topics of study undertaken by evolutionary cognitive neuroscientists – such as language evolution, intelligence and face processing – and serves as a primer upon which to base further study in the discipline.

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An introduction to the major topics of study undertaken by evolutionary cognitive neuroscientists - such as language evolution, intelligence and face processing. The authors outline the basics of cognitive evolution and how the methods of cognitive neuroscience can be employed to answer questions about the presence of evolved cognitive adaptations.

About the Author

Steven M. Platek is Lecturer in Evolutionary Psychology in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Liverpool. He is director of the Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (ECNL), Associate and Managing Editor of the journal Evolutionary Psychology, and co-founding editor of the journal Social Neuroscience. He also serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Social, Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology, The Open Ecology Journal, and The Open Evolution Journal.

Todd K. Shackelford is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Evolutionary Psychology Area at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He directs the Evolutionary Psychology Lab, which uses a modern evolutionary psychological perspective to investigate social and interpersonal phenomena. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Evolutionary Psychology and Associate Editor of Journal of Personality, Personality and Individual Differences, and Human Ethology Bulletin.

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  • File Size: 917 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 26, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NW803W
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Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience combines disciplines of evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience. As a PhD student in Electrical Engineering with a personal interest and only a general knowledge in both of disciplines, I found this book highly interesting, benefited from the assignment of my current neuroscience course, to read it and honestly I learned a lot.

"Foundations in Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience" is comprised of 8 chapters, each written by separate authors, on major topics of evolutionary cognitive neuroscience such as intelligence, language and face processing. Chapters present application of cognitive neuroscientific methods to answer evolutionary psychology questions. What I loved about this book was that although authors have mostly presented their own points of view, they have also provided reviews of previous and current works and have addressed some future works. I do not find myself in a position to evaluate existing theories or authors' hypotheses but rather tried to provide here a view of this book and my understandings.

Book's first chapter, written by its editors, SHACKELFORD and PLATEK as well as AARON T. GOETZ, provides a captivating introduction to evolutionary psychology. Mechanisms of natural and sexual selection, Modern Synthesis and inclusive fitness theory are among chapter's highlighted subjects about theories of evolution itself. The chapter then focuses on evolutionary psychology. It explains psychological mechanisms such as domain-specificity and provides interesting examples of how our current thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are designed to solve everyday problems of our evolutionary past.

Book's second chapter by DAVID C.
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