Dopamine and the Origins of Human Intelligence

  title={Dopamine and the Origins of Human Intelligence},
  author={F. Previc},
  journal={Brain and Cognition},
  • F. Previc
  • Published 1999
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Brain and Cognition
  • A general theory is proposed that attributes the origins of human intelligence to an expansion of dopaminergic systems in human cognition. Dopamine is postulated to be the key neurotransmitter regulating six predominantly left-hemispheric cognitive skills critical to human language and thought: motor planning, working memory, cognitive flexibility, abstract reasoning, temporal analysis/sequencing, and generativity. A dopaminergic expansion during early hominid evolution could have enabled… CONTINUE READING
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