The Evolution of Cognition

Humans are social animals – and we are the product of evolutionary forces. How do these facts interact and shape our cognitive faculties? Let’s talk about evolution! 0:00 – Intro 1:09 2:55 – Evolution and spandrels 8:58 – Case study:…

The Evolution of Cognition

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Humans are social animals – and we are the product of evolutionary forces. How do these facts interact and shape our cognitive faculties? Let’s talk about evolution!

0:00 – Intro
1:09
2:55 – Evolution and spandrels
8:58 – Case study: bird migration
11:45 – Environment of evolutionary adaptation
15:43 – Sociality and Theory of Mind
21:40 – Do animals have Theory of Mind?
24:00 – The origins of intelligence
30:30 – Key concepts

Sources:
Gould & Lewontin (1979). The spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian paradigm: A critique of the adaptationist programme. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781315161921-11/spandrels-san-marco-panglossian-paradigm-gould-lewontin
Delmore & Irwin (2014). Hybrid songbirds employ intermediate routes in a migratory divide. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.12326
Dally, Emery & Clayton (2010). Avian Theory of Mind and counter espionage by food-caching western scrub-jays (Aphelocoma californica). https://doi.org/10.1080/17405620802571711
Hermann, Call, Hernàndez-Lloreda, Hare & Tomasello (2007). Humans have evolved specialized skills of social cognition: The cultural intelligence hypothesis. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1146282

The Intense 8 Hour Hunt. Attenborough Life of Mammals. BBC Earth. https://youtu.be/826HMLoiE_o
False belief task video: https://youtu.be/8hLubgpY2_w

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