Becoming Human

From pointing gestures to syntax

Teresa Bejarano | University of Sevilla
ISBN 9789027252173 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027286796 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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What do the pointing gesture, the imitation of new complex motor patterns, the evocation of absent objects and the grasping of others’ false beliefs all have in common? Apart from being (one way or other) involved in the language, they all would share a demanding requirement – a second mental centre within the subject. This redefinition of the simulationism is extended in the present book in two directions. Firstly, mirror-neurons and, likewise, animal abilities connected with the visual field of their fellows, although they certainly constitute important landmarks, would not require this second mental centre. Secondly, others’ beliefs would have given rise not only to predicative communicative function but also to pre-grammatical syntax. The inquiry about the evolutionary-historic origin of language focuses on the cognitive requirements on it as a faculty (but not to the indirect causes such as environmental changes or greater co-operation), pays attention to children, and covers other human peculiarities as well, e.g., symbolic play, protodeclaratives, self-conscious emotions, and interactional or four-hand tasks.
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 81] 2011.  xvii, 402 pp.
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“Teresa Bejarano [...] is thoroughly familiar with the literature on language, developmental psychology, and primate behavior. She argues that the special qualities of the human mind depend on the emergence of what she calls a second center that confers the ability to simulate the minds of others [...]. I think second center, at least in Bejarano's treatment, offers more theoretical mileage than do these other concepts—working memory, imitation, recursion [...]. I can thoroughly recommend this stimulating book.”
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Consciousness Research

Consciousness research

Main BIC Subject

JMR: Cognition & cognitive psychology

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PSY008000: PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
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