Abstract # 3:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2012 09:00 AM-10:00 AM: Session 1 (Magnolia) Keynote Address


THE ORIGIN OF EMOTIONALLY MODERN HUMANS: WHAT IT MEANS TO DEVELOP AND EVOLVE AS A COOPERATIVELY BREEDING APE

S. B. Hrdy
Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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     New evidence highlights the role of alloparents in addition to parents in the care and provisioning of immatures among our Pleistocene ancestors. In this lecture I explore cognitive and emotional implications of growing up in what was for an ape a very novel developmental context with novel selection pressures. According to this psychological component of the cooperative breeding hypothesis, large-brained, anatomically modern humans evolved by 200,000 years with behaviorally modern humans, capable of symbolic thought, language and highly coordinated social enterprises not far behind. But emotionally modern hominins interested in the mental and subjective states of others, better equipped for perspective-taking than apes ordinarily are and already characterized by prosocial impulses to share, began to emerge far earlier.