Beyond the Brain: How Body and Environment Shape Animal and Human Minds

Beyond the Brain: How Body and Environment Shape Animal and Human Minds

Louise Barrett


When a chimpanzee stockpiles rocks as guns or while a frog sends out mating calls, we'd simply imagine those animals comprehend their very own motivations--that they use an identical mental mechanisms that we do. yet as Beyond the Brain exhibits, this can be a risky assumption simply because animals have diverse evolutionary trajectories, ecological niches, and actual attributes. How do those modifications effect animal pondering and behaviour? elimination our human-centered spectacles, Louise Barrett investigates the brain and mind and gives an alternate process for realizing animal and human cognition. Drawing on examples from animal habit, comparative psychology, robotics, synthetic lifestyles, developmental psychology, and cognitive technology, Barrett presents awesome new insights into how animals and people depend upon their our bodies and environment--not simply their brains--to behave intelligently.

Barrett starts off with an outline of human cognitive variations and the way those colour our perspectives of different species, brains, and minds. contemplating whilst it really is worthy having a massive brain--or certainly having a mind at all--she investigates precisely what brains are sturdy at. displaying that the brain's evolutionary functionality publications motion on the planet, she seems to be at how actual constitution contributes to cognitive approaches, and she or he demonstrates how those strategies hire fabrics and assets in particular environments.

Arguing that considering and behaviour represent a estate of the entire organism, not only the mind, Beyond the Brain illustrates how the physique, mind, and cognition are tied to the broader world.

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