Cognitive Evolution: Apes, Kids and What Makes Humans Smart and Successful


What makes people smart and why. Exploration of recent research on cognitive development of children, impairments of brain-damaged patients, cognitive abilities of apes and other non-humans, cross-cultural and gender differences in human cognition, mating strategies, the origins of beauty and the evolution of modern humans and the spread of cultural artifacts. Topics framed within everyday experiences and applied to current social issues. Taught at Duke Kunshan University. 

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