The co-evolution of cooperation and communication: alternative accounts

TitleThe co-evolution of cooperation and communication: alternative accounts
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsMussavifard, N., and G. Csibra
Journal titleBehavioral and Brain Sciences
YearIn Press
Abstract

We challenge the proposal that partner-choice ecology explains the evolutionary emergence of ostensive communication in humans. The good fit between these domains might be due to the opposite relation (ostensive communication promotes the evolution of cooperation) or to the dependence of both these human-specific traits on a more ancient contributor to human cognitive evolution: the use of technology.

Languageenglish
Unit: 
Cognitive Development Center (CDC)