Prof. Heyes‘ work concerns the evolution of cognition. It explores the ways in which natural selection, learning, developmental and cultural processes combine to produce the mature cognitive abilities found in adult humans. She is especially interested in social cognition.
Most of her current projects examine the possibility that the neurocognitive mechanisms enabling cultural inheritance – social learning, imitation, mirror neurons, mind reading etc – are themselves products of cultural evolution.
Prof. Heyes’ three lectures will cover material from these areas, based on her new book „Cognitive Gadgets“ (Harvard University Press), but also new work ensuing from this book.
- The Cultural Evolution of Thinking
- Is Morality a Gadget?
- Whatever happened to Mirror Neurons?
Organization: Tobias Schlicht & Albert Newen