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Maternal Effects in Mammals$
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Dario Maestripieri and Jill M. Mateo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226501192

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226501222.001.0001

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Maternal Effects, Social Cognitive Development, and the Evolution of Human Intelligence

Maternal Effects, Social Cognitive Development, and the Evolution of Human Intelligence

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(p.292) 13 Maternal Effects, Social Cognitive Development, and the Evolution of Human Intelligence
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Maternal Effects in Mammals
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David F. Bjorklund

Jason Grotuss

Adriana Csinady

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226501222.003.0013

This chapter examines maternal effects in human cognitive evolution. It discusses the changes in social intelligence and argues that the confluence of increased brain size, delayed maturation, and social complexity contributes to the changing nature of mental representation, and that this was most critical in the social realm. This chapter also discusses the possible influence that mothers had in affecting social-cognitive changes over the course of human evolution and argues that mothers are a central component to the developmental systems.

Keywords:   maternal effects, human cognitive evolution, social intelligence, brain size, delayed maturation, mental representation, social-cognitive changes, developmental systems

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