Darwin and the ghost of Phineas Gage: neuro-evolution and the social brain.

@article{Dunbar2009DarwinAT,
  title={Darwin and the ghost of Phineas Gage: neuro-evolution and the social brain.},
  author={Robin I M Dunbar},
  journal={Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior},
  year={2009},
  volume={45 10},
  pages={1119-25}
}
Although Darwin addressed emotions and behaviour at great length in his later books (notably The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals), he gave almost no attention to the brain and its evolution. To be fair, of course, neurobiology was in its very earliest infancy in the mid-nineteenth century, so there was probably little he could usefully have said (though he did rely heavily on the work of Guillaume Duchenne, one of… CONTINUE READING

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