The Journal of Anthropological Sciences is now publishing the papers from the meeting “What Made Us Humans“, that took place in Erice on October 2014. The volume is edited by Telmo Pievani, Stefano Parmigiani and Ian Tattersall, and it includes contributions by Thomas Plummer, Dean Falk, Philip Lieberman, Jeffrey Schwartz, William Harcourt Smith, and many others. There is a section on brain and cognition, in which we publish a review on visuospatial functions and fossils. In this paper we discuss topics in extended cognition and embodiment, presenting the available sources of information from fossil anatomy: brain morphology, manipulative behaviors, and hand evolution. Modern humans displayed changes in all these traits, suggesting that differences in visuospatial integration processes may have been associated with changes of the embodying capacity, leading to derived and probably specialized relationships between brain, body, and environment. This article is a further reference on visuospatial integration and cognitive archaeology. All papers from this JASs volume are, as usually, free to download.
Archive for the 'Meetings' Category
Tags: embodiment, extended mind, visuospatial integration
Tags: Erice, International School of Ethology
The International School of Ethology presents a new meeting, entitled “What made us human? Biological and cultural evolution in Homo sapiens“. The meeting will be held at Erice, Sicily, on October 15-18, 2014. A web page is available with program and updating information. The main topic will be the evolution of cognitively modern behaviour. The meeting is directed by Stefano Parmigiani, Telmo Pievani, and Ian Tattersall, and it will include talks in cognitive sciences, paleontology, archaeology, neurobiology, linguistics, genetics, medicine, and psychology, with a large list of speakers. Registration is now open, have a look!
Tags: cognitive archaeology, handedness, hemispheric asymmetry, IPHES, Marina Lozano, Natalie Uomini
There is a congress on Laterality in Tarragona (Spain), on February 11-13. The meeting is organized by Natalie Uomini (University of Liverpool) and Marina Lozano (Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social – IPHES). Speakers will present talks in anthropology, primatology, archaeology, paleontology, and cognitive sciences. Posters are welcome. The meeting will also include a visit to the Mona Foundation, a recovery centre for primates.
Tags: cognitive archaeology
An international conference will be held in Tokyo (18-24 November, 2012) entitled “Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans: Testing Evolutionary Models of Learning”. The meeting is associated with a very large multidisciplinary project aimed at considering Neandertal cognition, evolution, and extinction, in terms of learning capabilities. Anatomists, archaeologists, paleontologists, psychologists, and many specialists from other fields will meet to discuss cognitive differences between modern humans and Neandertals, most of all those possibly involved in the transmission of culture.
Tags: Cedric Boeckx, ICREA, language
There is an international symposium on biolinguistics in Barcelona, October 1-3, organized by Cedric Boeckx for the Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA). People from cognitive sciences, ethology, genetics, comparative psychology, paleontology, philosophy, and robotics will present a multidisciplinary forum on the biological foundations of language evolution. The meeting includes talks by Albert Bastardas, Luca Bonatti, Emiliano Bruner, Ruth de Diego Balaguer, Tecumseh Fitch, Koji Fujita, Judit Gervain, Toni Gomila, Kleanthes Grohmann, Simon Kirby, Carles Lalueza-Fox, Kazuo Okanoya, Christophe Pallier, Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells, Joana Rossello, Douglas Saddy, Wendy Sandler, Ricard Sole, Luc Steels, Sonja Vernes, and Charles Yang. The attendance is free, and the final program will be soon available.
On September 10-12 there is in Munich the annual congress in Neuroinformatics, organized by the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF). The meeting will include lectures and posters on computational neuroscience, digital atlasing and neuroimaging, genomics and genetics, modelling and engineering, brain machine interface, electrophysiology, and clinical neuroscience.
On October 18th-19th we celebrate at the CENIEH a symposium on Human Paleoneurology. The meeting will include talks on neuroscience and brain evolution (Chet Sherwood, Washington University), computed tools for paleoneurology (Philipp Gunz, Max Planck Institute), functional craniology and brain morphological integration (Emiliano Bruner, CENIEH), ontogeny and phylogeny (Simon Neubauer, Max Planck Institute), endocranial thermoregulation (José Manuel de la Cuétara, CENIEH), archaeology and behaviour (Natalie Uomini, University of Liverpool), working memory and human evolution (Fred Coolidge, University of Colorado). Participation is free, you just have to send a registration form to email@example.com, before October 10th. The meeting, sponsored by the Institute Tomás Pascual Sanz, will include on Saturday 20th a visit to the Atapuerca excavation site.