Chapter 4. Brain Evolution

  1. Frederick L. Coolidge and
  2. Thomas Wynn

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308297.ch4

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) Brain Evolution, in The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308297.ch4

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405152532

Online ISBN: 9781444308297



  • brain evolution;
  • mismatch in genetic and phenotypic variability and a whole new field of epigenetics;
  • natural selection and its role - passing more genes on to next generation than those who do not;
  • heritability revisited and epigenetics - field of behavior genetics dominating “DNA-thinking”; models of inheritance;
  • evolutionary psychology - role of natural selection in cognition evolution;
  • role of constraint - hippocampus role in formulation of long-term declarative memories;
  • structural constraints on brain evolution and metabolic constraints;
  • story of brain and cognitive evolution within vertebrates - story of natural selection and structural constraint


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • How Brains Evolve

  • Evolutionary Psychology

  • The Role of Constraint

  • The Metabolic Trade-off

  • Summary

  • Methods of Study