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Putting the cart before the horse? The origin of information donation


Burkart, Judith M; Sehner, Sandro; Brügger, Rahel K; Adriaense, Jessie E C; van Schaik, Carel P (2023). Putting the cart before the horse? The origin of information donation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 46:e5.

Abstract

Heintz & Scott-Phillips propose that the partner choice ecology of our ancestors required Gricean cognitive pragmatics for reputation management, which caused a tendency toward showing and expecting prosociality that subsequently scaffolded language evolution. Here, we suggest a cognitively leaner explanation that is more consistent with comparative data and posits that prosociality and eventually language evolved along with cooperative breeding.

Abstract

Heintz & Scott-Phillips propose that the partner choice ecology of our ancestors required Gricean cognitive pragmatics for reputation management, which caused a tendency toward showing and expecting prosociality that subsequently scaffolded language evolution. Here, we suggest a cognitively leaner explanation that is more consistent with comparative data and posits that prosociality and eventually language evolved along with cooperative breeding.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
Special Collections > NCCR Evolving Language
08 Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
Life Sciences > Physiology
Life Sciences > Behavioral Neuroscience
Uncontrolled Keywords:Behavioral Neuroscience, Physiology, Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
Language:English
Date:17 February 2023
Deposited On:20 Jul 2023 08:03
Last Modified:29 Jun 2024 01:37
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0140-525X
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s0140525x2200084x
  • Content: Accepted Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)