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Evolution of the Human Mind

SBC332

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2
Contact: Dr Nathan Emery
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module will discuss contemporary research on comparative cognition, cognitive archaeology and neuropsychology used to evaluate how the modern human mind may have evolved. It will discuss whether animals have cognitive abilities previously thought to be uniquely human, such as mental time travel, theory of mind, culture, language and self-awareness. Students will then be introduced to cognitive archaeology in which objects such as stone tools and cave paintings reveal something about the mind of their maker. This will be compared with the great apes and other hominids, such as Neanderthals. By the end of the module, the student will be able to evaluate the evidence for the evolution of culture, religion, music, art, technology and language and what made us human.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 80.0% Examination, 20.0% Coursework
Level: 6

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