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UnderstandingSociety: Social brains
"It seems to me that there is a sturdy intermediate position that incorporates some of both extremes and does a superior job of capturing the truth about human behavior and mind than either. Certainly human cognitive and behavioral capacities have an evolutionary history. But equally, it is plausible that there is a great deal of plasticity and multiple-realizability that has been built into these systems -- with the result that there is no one-to-one relationship between biological origins and current behavioral patterns. Culture is a powerful intervening structure. "
biology  evolution  evolutionary-psychology  social  structure  nature-v-nurture 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Neuroscience and social deprivation | I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told | The Economist
How poverty passes from generation to generation is now becoming clearer. The answer lies in the effect of stress on two particular parts of the brain
poverty  stress  brain  psychology  nature-v-nurture  environment  development  children 
april 2009 by tsuomela

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