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Peter J. Richerson and Morton H. Christiansen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019750

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019750.001.0001

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Neuroscience of Technology

Neuroscience of Technology

(p.157) 9 Neuroscience of Technology
Cultural Evolution

Dietrich Stout

The MIT Press

Although there is a burgeoning neuroscience of tool use, there is nothing that might be properly called a neuroscience of technology. This review aims to sketch the outlines of such a subject area and its relevance to the study of cultural evolution. Technology is itself an ill-defined term and is often taken to correspond loosely to human action that (a) involves the use or modification of objects, (b) displays a complexly organized multilevel structure, and (c) is socially reproduced. These characteristics may be better understood with reference to neuroscience research on perceptual-motor control, object manipulation, motor resonance, imitation learning, and goal-directed action. Such consideration suggests a number of biases which may affect the cultural evolution of technologies. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   neuroscience, tooluse, technology, evolution, imitation

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