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The Rise of Homo sapiens: The Evolution of Modern Thinking


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

344 pages, 46 b/w illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Feb 2018 | Edition: 2 | #238590 | ISBN-13: 9780190680916
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The Rise of Homo sapiens is an introduction to human cognitive evolution written by psychologist Frederick L. Coolidge and archaeologist Thomas Wynn. The text differs from other treatments of cognitive evolution in its reliance on the archaeological record, and its emphasis on working memory, the most thoroughly investigated cognitive model of the last half-century.

Reviews of the first edition:

"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

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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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