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The Rise of Homo Sapiens: The Evolution of Modern Thinking

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By: Frederick L Coolidge(Author), Thomas Wynn(Author)

308 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Mar 2009 | #177572 | ISBN-13: 9781405152549
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The Rise of Homo Sapiens presents a provocative theory about the evolution of the modern mind based on archaeological evidence and the working memory model of experimental psychologist Alan Baddeley. It is a unique introduction and primer into the new discipline of cognitive archaeology, introducing scientists and college students (at all levels) to the fascinating interface between the worlds of archaeology and cognitive science.

"Coolidge and Wynn offer many useful insights into hominid cognition and provide a framework for model building and testing that can generate unequivocal results. The real contribution of The Rise of Homo sapiens, then, is not in its conclusions, but in its methodological commitments."
- Journal of Anthropological Research, 2010

"The book presents some intriguing ideas and offers alternative support for those who see a recent origin for modern human behaviour."
- South African Archaeological Bulletin, 2010

"Coolidge and Wynn have written a clear, well-researched book that provides a strongly reasoned theoretical argument."
- PsycCRITIQUES, 2009

"This volume will be of considerable interest to anyone working in the cognitive sciences, notably anthropologists, archaeologists, and neuropsychologists."
- CHOICE, October 2009


1. Introduction.
2. The Brain.
3. Working Memory.
4. Brain Evolution.
5. Primates.
6. Early Hominins.
7. Homo erectus.
8. The First Major Leap in Cognition: The Tree-to-Ground Sleep Transition.
9. Homo heidelbergensis and the Beginnings of Modern Thinking.
10. The Rise and Fall of Neandertal.
11. The Second Major Leap in Cognition: Enhanced Working Memory and the Evolution of Modern Thinking.

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Frederick L. Coolidge is Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Along with Thomas Wynn he has pubished articles in American Scientist, Current Anthropology, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Journal of Human Evolution, and many others.

Thomas Wynn is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado.

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