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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Fall 2003

PSY 341K • Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41125 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
SEA 2.224
MACNEILAGE

Course Description

The domain of events to which Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection applies is adaptive actions. Although minds evolved to make things happen, the mental basis of action (read behavior) has been neglected in the history of thought, and this neglect continues in present day cognitive neuroscience. This course takes the rapidly developing "Embodiment" perspective on the evolution of brain-bevaior relations in two complex action systems-manual function and speech, considering in particular the evolution of hemispheric specializations of the brain and the organization of speech in the left cerebral hemisphere.

Grading Policy

mid term exam, a final exam, and a term paper. (This course will satisfy the writing requirement.)

Texts

Tort, P. Darwin and the Science of Evolution. (2001) Clark, A. Being There: Putting brain, body and world together again. (1997) Corballis, M. The Lopsided Ape. (1991) A set of customized readings available from Jenn's Copy, 22nd & Guadalupe

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