BIOB11H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: John Bowlby, Olfactory Receptor, Stone Tool
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Monday, September 30, 2019
Evolutionary psychology !
-Characteristics of Primates!
•Olfactory receptor: is much smaller than other animals!
-Smell has become less important when relying on smell to make sense of the
•Increasing dependency in steriostatic vision!
-Animals have to make good judgement on depth and interpreting visual cues!
-Animals have become more reliant on that!
•Human - chimp lineage had been separated 3-4 milliion years ago. No good fossil
to deduce the exact time. Entirely speculative!
•Big change occurred 2.5 years ago (emergence of the genus homo)!
-Increase in brain volume, signiﬁcant changes in the anatomy of legs and hips
(bipedalism), dramatic changes in stone tool manufacturing, lifestyle change
from the trees to ﬂatter land. !
•Humans have the capacity to produce a culture and teach their oﬀsprings
(diﬀerentiates us from animals as per the public but it is not that distinguished).
That being said, humans rely heavily on culture !
-John Bowlby: Father of attachment theory!
-Concepts of human nature!
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