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Early Evolution of Human Memory

Great Apes, Tool-making, and Cognition

Authors: Manrique, Héctor M., Walker, Michael J.

  • Provides a critique of received wisdom through a multidisciplinary consideration of empirical experiments, neuroscientific findings, and archeological records
  • Highlights the part played by the development of memory in the evolution of tool-making and tool-use by early humans, which it contrasts with the situation in great apes
  • Addresses the matter with critical analysis rather than comfortable self-fulfilling accommodative argument
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This work examines the cognitive capacity of great apes in order to better understand early man and the importance of memory in the evolutionary process. It synthesizes research from comparative cognition, neuroscience, primatology as well as lithic archaeology, reviewing findings on the cognitive ability of great apes to recognize the physical properties of an object and then determine the most effective way in which to manipulate it as a tool to achieve a specific goal. The authors argue that apes (Hominoidea) lack the human cognitive ability of imagining how to blend reality, which requires drawing on memory in order to envisage alternative future situations, and thereby modifying behavior determined by procedural memory. This book reviews neuroscientific findings on short-term working memory, long-term procedural memory, prospective memory, and imaginative forward thinking in relation to manual behavior. Since the manipulation of objects by Hominoidea in the wild (particularly in order to obtain food) is regarded as underlying the evolution of behavior in early Hominids, contrasts are highlighted between the former and the latter, especially the cognitive implications of ancient stone-tool preparation. 

About the authors

Michael J. Walker is Honorific Emeritus Professor in the Department of Zoology & Physical Anthropology at University of Murcia, Spain
Héctor M. Manrique is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Sociology at University of Zaragoza, Spain

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • What This Book Is About

    Manrique, Héctor M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Tool-Use by Great Apes in the Wild

    Manrique, Héctor M. (et al.)

    Pages 11-19

  • Great Apes, Tools , and Cognition

    Manrique, Héctor M. (et al.)

    Pages 21-60

  • Early Tool-Making and the Evolution of Human Memory Systems in the Brain

    Manrique, Héctor M. (et al.)

    Pages 61-120

  • Concluding Remarks

    Manrique, Héctor M. (et al.)

    Pages 121-129

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64447-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64446-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Early Evolution of Human Memory
Book Subtitle
Great Apes, Tool-making, and Cognition
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64447-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64447-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64446-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 150
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
Topics