PerspectivePsychology

Monkey See, Monkey Read

Science  13 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6078, pp. 168-169
DOI: 10.1126/science.1221402

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Summary

Reading great literature provides a humanistic approach to understanding one's nature and place in history. Likewise, the scientific study of the biological bases of reading may provide insights into the origins of human cognition. On page 245 of this issue, Grainger et al. (1) show that these biological mechanisms may be rooted much deeper in human evolutionary history than previously supposed (see the first figure).