Evolution of the Human Brain 

Course Number: 
107
Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Instructor: 
Terrence Deacon
Units: 
4

Introduction to comparative vertebrate brain anatomy, neural development, and sensory-motor functions that are relevant to the study of human brain evolution and the evolution of uniquely human mental and behavioral capacities. Emphasis is on understanding the processes of evolution that are responsible for species differences in brain structure and function. Special attention will be given to animal communication, vocalization, neurolinguistics, and theories of language evolution. 

Texts: 

A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book 

   Pinel, J P J

978-0205548743

The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain

   Deacon, T W

978-0393317541

Principles of Brain Evolution

   Striedter, G F

978-0878938209