Chapter 11. The Second Major Leap in Cognition: Enhanced Working Memory and the Evolution of Modern Thinking

  1. Frederick L. Coolidge and
  2. Thomas Wynn

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308297.ch11

The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking

The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking

How to Cite

Coolidge, F. L. and Wynn, T. (2009) The Second Major Leap in Cognition: Enhanced Working Memory and the Evolution of Modern Thinking, in The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308297.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405152532

Online ISBN: 9781444308297

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Keywords:

  • second major leap in cognition - enhanced working memory and evolution of modern thinking;
  • mitochondrial DNA (MtDNA) and Y-chromosomes studies - modern populations in Africa with greatest genetic variability;
  • modern human archeology;
  • European Upper Paleolithic;
  • European replacement scenario for cognitive evolution;
  • Aurignacian culture - additive genetic mutation or epigenetic event affecting neural organization of brain;
  • Blombos Cave and enigma of early anatomically modern humans;
  • episodic buffer and episodic memory;
  • archeology of executive functions and enhanced working memory;
  • wrench in monkey works

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Who's Who

  • We Are All Africans

  • The Archeology of Modern Humans

  • The European Upper Paleolithic

  • A Small but Significant Difference

  • A Heritable Event Leads to Enhanced Working Memory

  • The Archeology of Executive Functions and Enhanced Working Memory

  • The Wrench in the Monkey Works

  • Blombos Cave and the Enigma of Early Anatomically Modern Humans

  • Why Doesn't Symbol Use Imply a Modern Mind?

  • Could We Be Wrong?

  • Summary