Chapter 8. The First Major Leap in Cognition: The Tree-to-Ground Sleep Transition

  1. Frederick L. Coolidge and
  2. Thomas Wynn

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308297.ch8

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 First Major Leap in Cognition: The Tree-to-Ground Sleep Transition, in The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308297.ch8

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:

  • first major leap in cognition - tree-to-ground sleep transition;
  • advent of Homo erectus - grade shift in evolutionary terms;
  • communal use of fire - promoting communication as vital requirement of life on ground;
  • first leap - the tree-to-ground sleep transition;
  • sleep characteristics - onset of sleep in primates and hypnic or hypnagogic jerk;
  • Lima et al's anti-predator function of sleep - protective role;
  • early Homo and Homo erectus;
  • threat simulation, social rehearsal, and priming;
  • creativity and dreaming relationship between – evidence of;
  • procedural memory consolidation and enhancement

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The First Leap: The Tree-to-Ground Sleep Transition

  • Characteristics of Sleep

  • Primate and Hominin Nesting

  • Early Homo and Homo erectus

  • Threat Simulation, Social Rehearsal, and Priming

  • Creativity and Innovation

  • Procedural Memory Consolidation and Enhancement

  • Concluding Thoughts