Daily Archives: September 7, 2018

Social isolation puts elderly at health risk

One in five elderly adults is socially isolated from family or friends, increasing their risks for poor mental and physical health, as well as higher rates of mortality, according to a University of Michigan study. U-M researchers investigated several factors … Continue reading

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How to Think Like a Neandertal

Yet cognition certainly took place in the Neanderthal brain — the largest in human evolution, housed in a long, distinctively shaped skull. In How to Think Like a Neandertal, archaeologist Thomas Wynn and psychologist Frederick Coolidge provide one of the … Continue reading

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Homo sapiens outlasted Neanderthals because they evolved to be social

Neanderthals may have survived if they evolved to look out for each other like we humans did. Physically, there doesn’t seem to have been much of a difference between us and our evolutionary cousins. Aside from being a little stockier … Continue reading

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Survival of the Friendliest: Homo sapiens Evolved via Selection for Prosociality

The challenge of studying human cognitive evolution is identifying unique features of our intelligence while explaining the processes by which they arose. Comparisons with nonhuman apes point to our early-emerging cooperative-communicative abilities as crucial to the evolution of all forms of human cultural cognition, … Continue reading

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