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The First Idea : How Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved from Our Primate Ancestors to Modern Humans - Stanley I. Greenspan

The First Idea

How Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved from Our Primate Ancestors to Modern Humans

Paperback Published: 17th January 2006
ISBN: 9780306814495
Number Of Pages: 504

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In the childhood of every human being and at the dawn of human history there is an amazing and, until now, unexplained leap from simple genetically programmed behavior to language, symbolic thinking, and culture. In "The First Idea," Stanley Greenspan and Stuart Shanker explore this missing link and offer brilliant new insights into two longstanding questions: how human beings first create symbols and how these abilities evolved and were transmitted across generations over millions of years. From fascinating research into the intelligence of both human infants and apes, they identify certain cultural practices that are vitally important if we are to have stable and reflective future societies.

Introductionp. 1
Origin and Development of Symbols
Origin of Symbolsp. 17
Intellectual Growth and Transformations of Emotions During the Course of Lifep. 41
A New Direction for Evolutionary Theory
Introductionp. 97
The Early Stages of Emotional Regulation, Engagement, and Signaling: Nonhuman Primates and the Earliest Hominidsp. 103
Problem-Solving Collaborations: Chimpanzees and Early Humansp. 132
Symbols, Words, and Ideas: Archaic Homo sapiens and Early Modernsp. 147
Representation and the Beginning of Logic: Homo sapiens sapiensp. 167
The Engine of Evolutionp. 181
The Development of Language and Intelligence
Introductionp. 185
The Origins of Languagep. 187
The Role of Emotions in Language Developmentp. 208
Emotions and the Development of Intelligencep. 232
How Emotional Signaling Links Emotion and Cognition and the Brain's Subsymbolic and Symbolic Cortical Systems: Implications for Neuroscience and Piaget's Cognitive Psychologyp. 250
Emotional Development Derailed: Pathways to and from Autismp. 295
The Development of Social Groups
Introductionp. 319
The Developmental Levels of Groups, Societies, and Cultures (With Elizabeth Greenspan)p. 321
A New History of Historyp. 375
Future Evolution: Toward a Psychology of Global Interdependencyp. 424
Notesp. 457
Referencesp. 471
Indexp. 489
About the Authorsp. 504
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ISBN: 9780306814495
ISBN-10: 0306814498
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 17th January 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.44  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1