Dietrich Stout, Assistant Professor, Emory University

 

Dietrich Stout, Assistant Professor, Emory University

Sage 4101

October 23, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Abstract:

Words and actions don't fossilize but stone tools endure, proving a unique record of human behavioral evolution spanning the past 2.5 million years. Interpreting this record is a core challenge for human evolutionary studies. Although nearly 150 years of theorizing has posited stone tool-making as a cause and/or consequence of human brain evolution, empirical evidence on the exact nature of this interaction remains scant. Application of neuroscience methods, including PET, fMRI, and DTI, to Paleolithic tool replication experiments offers to shed new light on this old question.

 

Stone tools, language and the brain in human evolution

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