[Neuroscience] Re: why did humans grow a bigger neocortex?

J.A.Legris via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by jalegris from sympatico.ca)
Mon Sep 3 13:22:07 EST 2007

On Sep 2, 12:22 pm, "Glen M. Sizemore" <gmsizemo... from yahoo.com> wrote:
> "Matthew Kirkcaldie" <Matthew.Kirkcal... from removethis.utas.andthis.edu.au>
> wrote in messagenews:Matthew.Kirkcaldie-7C3CCE.11000602092007 from free.teranews.com...
> > "rAgAv" <ragav.pa... from googlemail.com> wrote in message
> >news:1184469559.678291.133340 from o11g2000prd.googlegroups.com...
> >> Hello,
> >> I've been wondering why human beings alone have that big, unique and
> >> complex cortex. Can you help me with your views?
> > This is what I reckon:
> >http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1601-5215.2007.002...
> >      Cheers, MK.
> Your view, it seems to me, has points of contact with the behaviorist view.
> This view holds that complex human behavior is a product of classical
> conditioning, operant conditioning, as well as simpler processes that are
> observed when stimuli are simply presented repeatedly. It eschews the notion
> that behavior (human or otherwise) stems from a variety of more specific
> modules. A bigger cortex might simply mean quantitative changes in a few
> processes.

You mean quantitative changes as in just more of the same? If not,
which processes might you be referring to?


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