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.
Posts Tagged 'cognitive archaeology'
Tags: cognitive archaeology, handedness, hemispheric asymmetry, IPHES, Marina Lozano, Natalie Uomini
Tags: cognitive archaeology
One of the best things on cognitive archaeology is that it is providing different perspectives. Marco Langbroek in a recent paper entitled “Trees and ladders” evidences that while paleontology and archaeology rely nowadays on branching schemes, cognitive theories are still linear, forcing interpretations along a straight worst-to-better axis of improvement. Non-human primates are still used as the negative pole of such vector, and modern human behaviour as the positive one. First, cognitive theories should rethink such linear perspective, acknowledging the paleontological and archaeological evidence. Second, despite we shouldn’t neglect the complexity of modern cognition, we may wonder if other human species could have had specific cognitive skills. As a matter of fact, because human evolution was composed by different independent lineages, extinct taxa can have had species-specific cognitive abilities that we have lost, or even never had.
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: cognitive archaeology, Frederick Coolidge, intraparietal sulcus, symbolic thinking
There is a very comprehensive review on numerosity and cognitive archaeology by Coolidge and Overmann, in Current Anthropology: numerosity, abstraction, and the emergence of symbolic thinking. The authors propose that numerosity may be a key feature of human brain evolution, integrating information from neuroscience, paleontology, and archaeology. A network based on the integration between frontal and parietal areas may underlie the ability to manage numbers, abstract thinking, language, and metaphor production. The hypothesis is commented by psychologists, archaeologists, neuroanatomists, neurobiologists, and paleontologists.