Journal article

When brains expand: mind and the evolution of cortex

Matthew TK Kirkcaldie, Peter D Kitchener

ACTA NEUROPSYCHIATRICA | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To critically examine the relationship between evolutionary and developmental influences on human neocortex and the properties of the conscious mind it creates. METHODS: Using PubMed searches and the bibliographies of several monographs, we selected 50 key works, which offer empirical support for a novel understanding of the organization of the neocortex. RESULTS: The cognitive gulf between humans and our closest primate relatives has usually been taken as evidence that our brains evolved crucial new mechanisms somehow conferring advanced capacities, particularly in association areas of the neocortex. In this overview of neocortical development and comparative brain morphometry, w..

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