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Cognitive Biology: Evolutionary and Developmental Perspectives on Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Luca Tommasi, Mary A. Peterson, and Lynn Nadel


In the past few decades, sources of inspiration in the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science have widened. In addition to ongoing vital work in cognitive and affective neuroscience, important new work is being conducted at the intersection of psychology and the biological sciences in general. This book offers an overview of the cross-disciplinary integration of evolutionary and developmental approaches to cognition in light of these new contributions from the life sciences. This research has explored many cognitive abilities in a wide range of organisms and developmental stages, and res ... More

Keywords: cognitive science, affective neuroscience, life sciences, developmental science, organisms, cognition, psychology, neuroscience, brain theory, genetics

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262012935
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luca Tommasi, editor

Mary A. Peterson, editor

Lynn Nadel, editor

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1 Cognitive Biology: The New Cognitive Sciences

Luca Tommasi, Lynn Nadel, and Mary A. Peterson

4 Space for the Brain in Cognitive Science

Neil Burgess, Christian F. Doeller, and Chris M. Bird

5 Animals as Natural Geometers

Giorgio Vallortigara

6 Is Cognitive Modularity Necessary in an Evolutionary Account of Development?

Nora S. Newcombe, Kristin R. Ratliff, Wendy L. Shallcross, and Alexandra Twyman

9 Learning to See and Conceive

Robert L. Goldstone, Alexander Gerganov, David Landy, and Michael E. Roberts

10 A Comparative Perspective on the Origin of Numerical Thinking

Elizabeth M. Brannon, and Jessica F. Cantlon

11 Numerical and Spatial Intuitions: A Role for Posterior Parietal Cortex?

Edward M. Hubbard, Manuela Piazza, Philippe Pinel, and Stanislas Dehaene

14 Neuroethology of Attention in Primates

Stephen V. Shepherd, and Michael L. Platt

16 Ontogenetic Development Matters

Sylvain Sirois, and Annette Karmiloff-Smith

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