Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Slate article explores the big brain, big society connection

Posted 31 Oct 2012 / 0

Slate Tool use and exploration may be just side effects of social skills

Great examples in this short piece of how scientists quantify the benefits of social connection in terms of survival and reproduction.

It will be interesting to see how the “Social Brain Hypothesis” stacks up against the “Cultural Intelligence Hypothesis” in future research, as both posit that the brain is designed to make us social (but in slightly different ways).

An interesting fact reported here is that our brains are energetically expensive regardless of whether they are being put to use!

A Minor Post, Articles, Brain size, Evolution, Human Evolution, Human Uniqueness, Hypothesis Testing, Neuroscience, Quantifying Costs and Benefits, Web

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