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Social Sciences - Anthropology & Archaeology | Dynamics of Learning in Neanderthals and Modern Humans Volume 2 - Cognitive and Physical Perspectives

Dynamics of Learning in Neanderthals and Modern Humans Volume 2

Cognitive and Physical Perspectives

Akazawa, T., Ogihara, N., C Tanabe, H., Terashima, H. (Eds.)

2014, XIII, 243 p. 161 illus., 75 illus. in color.

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  • Proposing and validating the novel hypothesis that the replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans took place because of differences in learning ability
  • Providing up-to-date information on the research of Neanderthals and Modern Humans
  • Promoting and facilitating an interdisciplinary research framework and lasting cooperation across the disciplines
This volume is the second of two volumes of proceedings from the International Conference on the Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans, which took place in Tokyo in November 2012. This second volume reports, in four major sections, findings by cultural anthropologists, physical anthropologists, engineering scientists and neurophysiologists, integrated in multidisciplinary fashion to solidify the overall understanding of the mechanics of replacement from cognitive and physical perspectives. Part 1 provides examinations of replacement related questions from various perspectives in cognition and psychology. Part 2, consisting of studies rooted in body science and genetics, provides detailed findings which fill in the broader frame of the replacement phenomenon. Part 3 presents a collection of papers whose findings about fossil crania and brain morphology shed direct light on immediate questions regarding replacement. Part 4 provides illuminations similar to those in part 3, but arising from the analytical empowerment afforded by neuroscience. The collection of 26 papers in this volume makes available to readers both broad and narrow insights on the mechanisms of the replacement/assimilation of Neanderthals by modern humans and at the same time provides a model of new-paradigm multidisciplinary collaboration on a complex problem.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Fossil Brain - Human Evolution - Humans Neanderthals Comparison - Learning Hypothesis - Learning Neanderthals - Modern Human - Neanderthal

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology

Table of contents 

Chapter 1 Introduction.- Part 1 Cognition and Psychology.- Chapter 2 The Cognition of Homo neanderthalensis and H. Sapiens: Does the Use of Pigment Necessarily Imply Symbolic Thought?.- Chapter 3 Comparisons between Individual, Imitative and Instructed Learning.- Chapter 4 The Ability to Objectify Conventional Styles of Problem-Solving: A Hypothesis on the Difference in Learning Ability between Modern Humans and Neanderthals.- Chapter 5 Cognitive Flexibility and Object-making in Baka Pygmy Children.-  Chapter 6 The Demonstration of Resilience in the Drawings of Baka Pygmy Children.- Chapter 7 Social Learning, Trial-and-Error, and Creativity.- Chapter 8 Experimental Studies of Modern Human Social and Individual Learning in an Archaeological Context: People Behave Adaptively, But within Limits.- Part 2 Body Science and Genetics.- Chapter 9 Motion Analysis for Stone-Knapping of the Skilled Levallois Technique.- Chapter 10 Daily Physical Activity and Time-Space Using of Pygmy Hunter-Gatherers' Children in Southeast Cameroon.- Chapter 11 Estimation of the Period of Childhood and Child Growth Characteristics of Pygmy Hunter-Gatherers in Southeast Cameroon.- Chapter 12 Interpretations of Practical Population Genetics Analyses of Genome-Wide SNP Data on Human Demography.- Part 3 Reconstruction of Fossil Crania and Brain Morphology.- Chapter 13 Functional Craniology, Human Evolution, and Anatomical Constraints in the Neanderthal Braincase.- Chapter 14 Cerebral Sulci and Gyri Observed on Macaque Endocasts.- Chapter 15 The Coronal Suture as an Indicator of the Caudal Border of the Monkey Prefrontal Cortex.- Chapter 16 Application of Sliding Landmark Method for Morphological Analysis of Modern Japanese Neurocranial Shape.- Chapter 17 A Geometric Morphometric Study of Neurocranial Shape Variations in the Crania of Modern Japanese.- Chapter 18 Statistical Interpolation of Missing Parts in Human Crania Using Regularized Multivariate Linear Regression Analysis.- Chapter 19 Transferring Semi-Landmarks by Minimizing Bending Energy on Surfaces.- Chapter 20 CT Image Segmentation for Bone Structures Using Image-Based FEM.- Chapter 21 Virtual Endocast of Qafzeh 9: A Preliminary Assessment of Right-Left Asymmetry.- Chapter 22 Reconstruction of the Brain from Skull Fossils Using Computational Anatomy.- Part 4 Neuroscience.- Chapter 23 Integrated Analytical Scheme for Comparing Neanderthal’s Brain to Modern Human Brain Using Neuroimaging Techniques.- Chapter 24 Cerebellar Size Estimation from Endocranial Measurements: An Evaluation Based on MRI Data.- Chapter 25 Sense of Acceptance: Key Factor of Social Learning.- Chapter 26 Brain Activation Related to the Imitative Learning of Bodily Actions Observed during the Construction of a Mousterian Stone Tool: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study.- Chapter 27 Neural Substrates Associated with Motivation to Learn in Modern Humans.

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