Evolution of the Human Brain

Course Number: 
107
Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Section: 
001
Location: 
105 North Gate
Instructor: 
Terry Deacon
Units: 
4
Time: 
Tu Th 11 - 12:30 pm
CCN: 
12548

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