Working Memory , its Executive Functions , and the Emergence of Modern Thinking

  title={Working Memory , its Executive Functions , and the Emergence of Modern Thinking},
  author={Frederick L. Coolidge and Thomas Wynn},
This article examines the possible origins of modern thinking by evaluating the cognitive models of working memory, executive functions and their interrelationship. W e propose that a genetic mutation affected neural netzuorks i n the prefrontal cortex approximately 60,000 to 130,000 years ago. O u r review of cognitive and archaeological evidence yields two possibilities: either it was non-domain specific, affecting general working memory capacity and its executive functions, or the mutation… CONTINUE READING

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