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Evolutionary Psychologists Look for Roots of Cognition

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Science  03 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5296, pp. 29-30
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5296.29a

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London—The effort to put human mental activity under the evolutionary spotlight is triggering a remarkable burst of collaboration between biologists and psychologists. Thirty of them recently gathered at a workshop here to discuss recent findings. Among them are results implying deep evolutionary roots for the mental mechanisms behind numeracy—the ability to assess bulk or amount—and the tendency to discount future rewards in favor of present ones.