The evolutionary roots of creativity: mechanisms and motivations

  title={The evolutionary roots of creativity: mechanisms and motivations},
  author={Geraint A. Wiggins and Peter Lloyd Tyack and Constance Scharff and Martin A. Rohrmeier},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
We consider the evolution of cognition and the emergence of creative behaviour, in relation to vocal communication. We address two key questions: (i) what cognitive and/or social mechanisms have evolved that afford aspects of creativity?; (ii) has natural and/or sexual selection favoured human behaviours considered ‘creative’? This entails analysis of ‘creativity’, an imprecise construct: comparable properties in non-humans differ in magnitude and teleology from generally agreed human… 

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