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The social brain: Mind, language, and society in evolutionary perspective

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The social brain (or Machiavellian Intelligence) hypothesis was proposed to explain primates' unusually large brains: It argues that the cognitive demands of living in complexly bonded social groups selected for increases in executive brain (principally neocortex). The evidence for this and alternative hypotheses is reviewed. Although there remain difficulties of interpretation, the bulk of the evidence comes down in favor of the social brain hypothesis. The extent to which the cognitive dema...

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Journal:
Annual Review of Anthropology More from this journal
Volume:
32
Issue:
1
Pages:
163-181
Publication date:
2003-01-01
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EISSN:
1545-4290
ISSN:
0084-6570
Language:
English
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282159
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2013-11-16

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