The Evolution of the Learning Brain
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The Evolution of the Learning Brain : Or How You Got To Be So Smart...

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How does learning transform us biologically? What learning processes do we share with bacteria, jellyfish and monkeys? Is technology impacting on our evolution and what might the future hold for the learning brain? These are just some of the questions Paul Howard-Jones explores on a fascinating journey through 3.5 billion years of brain evolution - and discovers what it all means for how we learn today. It follows how learning evolved over deep time, from single-celled organisms to the digital world. Along the way, we discover: how the E. Coli in our stomachs learn to find food why a little nap can help bees find their way homethe many ways that action, emotion and social interaction have shaped our ability to learnthe central role of learning in our rise to top predator. An accessible writing style and numerous illustrations make The Evolution of the Learning Brain an enthralling combination of biology, neuroscience and educational insight. Howard-Jones provides a fresh perspective on the nature of human learning that is exhaustively researched, exploring the implications of our most distant past for twenty-first century education.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 19 Line drawings, black and white; 82 Halftones, black and white; 1 Tables, black and white; 102 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138824461
  • 9781138824461

About Paul Howard-Jones

Paul Howard Jones is Professor of Neuroscience and Education at the School of Education, University of Bristol. He is a cognitive neuroscientist, educational expert and broadcaster.show more

Table of contents

List of Figures Acknowledgements Chapter 1. The Idea of Evolution Chapter 2. Origins Chapter 3. The Vertebrate Brain Chapter 4. The Social Primate Chapter 5. Homo - Social Cooperative Learners Chapter 6. Speech Chapter 7. The Arrival of Numeracy Chapter 8. The Emergence of the Written Word Chapter 9. Evolution Meets Education Chapter 10. The Future of the Learning Brain Referencesshow more