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Maternal Effects, Social Cognitive Development, and the Evolution of Human Intelligence

David F. Bjorklund, Jason Grotuss and Adriana Csinady

in Maternal Effects in Mammals

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226501192
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226501222 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226501222.003.0013
Maternal Effects, Social Cognitive Development, and the Evolution of Human Intelligence

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This chapter examines maternal effects in human cognitive evolution. It discusses the changes in social intelligence and argues that the confluence of increased brain size, delayed maturation, and social complexity contributes to the changing nature of mental representation, and that this was most critical in the social realm. This chapter also discusses the possible influence that mothers had in affecting social-cognitive changes over the course of human evolution and argues that mothers are a central component to the developmental systems.

Keywords: maternal effects; human cognitive evolution; social intelligence; brain size; delayed maturation; mental representation; social-cognitive changes; developmental systems

Chapter.  12936 words. 

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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