Journals Higher Education



Published: 19 February 2015

416 Pages


ISBN: 9780199348305

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The Shape of Thought

How Mental Adaptations Evolve

H. Clark Barrett

Evolution and Cognition

  • Discusses "Evolutionary psychology 2.0" - a novel synthesis of the field that pushes evolutionary psychology beyond its early, controversial beginnings.
  • Confronts the controversies over the scientific status of evolutionary psychology, proposing a resolution via a focus on the evolved design of developmental systems.
  • Proposes that adaptive specialization and flexibility are not at odds, but synergistic.
  • Bridges the nature/nurture divide.
  • Provides the first in-depth integration of evolutionary theory, evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), epigenetics, culture-gene coevolution theory, and cognitive science
  • Proposes a novel framework for understanding cultural transmission and evolved psychological mechanisms as co-evolving and synergistic
  • Shows how a view of brain development as highly plastic and flexible can be reconciled with a "modular" view of the brain

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