The Evolution of Cognition


In the last decade, "evolutionary psychology" has come to refer exclusively to research on human mentality and behavior, motivated by a nativist interpretation of how evolution operates. This book encompasses the behavior and mentality of nonhuman as well as human animals and a full range of evolutionary approaches. Rather than a collection by and for the like-minded, it is a debate about how evolutionary processes have shaped cognition.

The debate is divided into five sections: Orientations, on the phylogenetic, ecological, and psychological/comparative approaches to the evolution of cognition; Categorization, on how various animals parse their environments, how they represent objects and events and the relations among them; Causality, on whether and in what ways nonhuman animals represent cause and effect relationships; Consciousness, on whether it makes sense to talk about the evolution of consciousness and whether the phenomenon can be investigated empirically in nonhuman animals; and Culture, on the cognitive requirements for nongenetic transmission of information and the evolutionary consequences of such cultural exchange.

Contributors: Bernard Balleine, Patrick Bateson, Michael J. Beran, M. E. Bitterman, Robert Boyd, Nicola Clayton, Juan Delius, Anthony Dickinson, Robin Dunbar, D.P. Griffiths, Bernd Heinrich, Cecilia Heyes, William A. Hillix, Ludwig Huber, Nicholas Humphrey, Masako Jitsumori, Louis Lefebvre, Nicholas Mackintosh, Euan M. Macphail, Peter Richerson, Duane M. Rumbaugh, Sara Shettleworth, Martina Siemann, Kim Sterelny, Michael Tomasello, Laura Weiser, Alexandra Wells, Carolyn Wilczynski, David Sloan Wilson.

Table of Contents

  1. Series Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. I. Orientations
  4. 1. Evolutionary Psychology in the Round

    Cecilia Heyes

  5. 2. Psychophylogenesis: Innovations and Limitations in the Evolution of Cognition

    Ludwig Huber

  6. 3. Modularity and the Evolution of Cognition

    Sara Shettleworth

  7. 4. Cognitive Evolution: A Psychological Perspective

    M. E. Bitterman

  8. II. Categorization
  9. 5. What Must Be Known in Order to Understand Imprinting?

    Patrick Bateson

  10. 6. Stimulus Equivalencies Through Discrimination Reversals

    Juan D. Delius, Masako Jitsumori and Martina Siemann

  11. 7. Abstraction and Discrimination

    Nicholas J. Mackintosh

  12. 8. Primate Worlds

    Kim Sterelny

  13. III. Causality
  14. 9. Two Hypotheses About Primate Cognition

    Michael Tomasello

  15. 10. Causal Cognition and Goal-Directed Action

    Anthony Dickinson and Bernard W. Balleine

  16. 11. Causal Reasoning, Mental Rehearsal, and the Evolution of Primate Cognition

    Robin I. M. Dunbar

  17. 12. Cause-Effect Reasoning in Humans and Animals

    Duane M. Rumbaugh, Michael J. Beran and William A. Hillix

  18. IV. Consciousness
  19. 13. The Privatization of Sensation

    Nicholas Humphrey

  20. 14. The Search for a Mental Rubicon

    Euan M. Macphail

  21. 15. 15 Declarative and Episodic-like Memory in Animals: Personal Musings of a Scrub Jay

    Nicola S. Clayton, D. P. Griffiths and Anthony Dickinson

  22. 16. 16 Testing Insight in Ravens

    Bernd Heinrich

  23. V. Culture
  24. 17. Feeding Innovations and Their Cultural Transmission in Bird Populations

    Louis Lefebvre

  25. 18. Climate, Culture, and the Evolution of Cognition

    Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd

  26. 19. Gossip and Other Aspects of Language as Group-Level Adaptations

    David Sloan Wilson, Carolyn Wilczynski, Alexandra Wells and Laura Weiser

  27. Contributors
  28. Species Index
  29. Author Index
  30. Subject Index