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.
Her current projects examine whether the neurocognitive mechanisms enabling cultural in-heritance – social learning, imitation, mirror neurons, mind reading, etc. – are themselves products of cultural evolution.
Her three lectures will cover material from these areas, based on her book “Cognitive Gadgets” (Harvard University Press), but also new work ensuing from this book.
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