Brain Science #6 discusses the book The First Idea: How
Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved From Our Primate
Ancestors to Modern Humans
, by Stanley I Greenspan, MD and
Stuart G. Shanker, D. PHIL.
The basic premise of this book is that emotions are intimately
related to the development of language and intelligence. The
authors propose that through interaction with their caregivers
humans and non-human primates learn emotional signaling and that as
this signaling becomes more complex the brain is prepared for the
emergence of symbols and language.
In this podcast we discuss some of the evidence supporting their
hypothesis, as well as the implications of this theory to theories
of language development and human evolution, especially the
evolution of language and intelligence.
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