“Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking”
Cecilia Heyes is Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Life Sciences and Professor of Psychology at All Souls College, University of Oxford. Her work examines the evolution of human cognition. It explores the ways in which natural selection, learning, developmental and cultural processes combine to produce the mature cognitive abilities found in adult humans. Most of her current projects suggest that the neurocognitive mechanisms enabling cultural inheritance - social learning, imitation, mirror neurons, mind reading etc - are themselves the products of cultural evolution. Dr. Heyes has received numerous honors and awards, including Member of Scientific Council, Institute for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences in Toulouse and Fellow of the British Academy (Psychology and Philosophy sections).