November 16, 2006

Neanderthal genotyping spurs novel scientific field

neanderthal1.jpgThe reality of a complete Neanderthal genome draws near, as two papers report the sequencing of large amounts of Neanderthal DNA. The results help answer some central questions on human evolution. This novel trend in gene research opens up a new research field that by some is called “ancient genomics”. The question is, when will we see a gene sequencing of Homo Erectus or Homo Habilis.

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March 27, 2006

Evolution and autism

evolutionary psych — thomasr @ 8:22 pm

In an article to be published in a forthcoming issue of Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Dr Christopher Badcock and Professor Bernard Crespi explore the ‘imprinted brain hypothesis’ to explain the cause and effect of autism and autistic syndromes such as Asperger’s syndrome, highlighted by the book ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’ which involves selective disruption of social behaviour that makes individuals more self-focussed whilst enhancing skills related to mechanistic cognition.

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March 13, 2006

How genes make up your mind

SCR Feature,evolutionary psych — thomasr @ 8:51 am
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March 5, 2006

Selfish genes and the mind

evolutionary psych — thomasr @ 10:47 am

To mark the 30th anniversary of Richard Dawkins’s book, Oxford University Press is to issue a collection of essays about his work. Here, professor of psychology at Harvard University, Steven Pinker, wonders if Dawkins’s big idea has not gone far enough.

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April 4, 2005

Why subjective consciousness?

SCR Feature,evolutionary psych — thomasr @ 10:41 pm

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