All posts by Marisa Muhonen

Cognitive Evolution Now Offered Online at the Center for Cognitive Archaeology @ UCCS

When, where, and how did the modern human mind evolve?

Join Karenleigh A. Overmann for our online course in Cognitive Evolution. This course employs the theories and methods of several academic domains (cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, archaeology, linguistics, philosophy of mind, etc.) to interpret the tangible evidence for the evolution of mind—non-human primate anatomy and behavior, human neuroanatomy, hominin paleontology, and archaeology. Here, you will explore the origins and adaptive purposes of concept formation, spatial cognition, social cognition, language, symbolic structures, technology, and working memory on your way to a deeper understanding of the evolutionary changes in form and function of the mind. Classes begin August 23 and end December 18.

Visit us at the Center for Cognitive Archaeology for more information on classes. The deadline to register for courses is August 29, 2021. For information on registration, please visit: https://www.uccs.edu/lases/programs-a-l/cca

Neurocognition of Art Now Offered Online at the Center for Cognitive Archaeology @ UCCS

Interested in learning when, where, and how modern human aesthetics evolved?

Join Professor Manuel Martín-Loeches of the Complutense University of Madrid for our online course Neurocognition of Art. This course explores the biopsychological basis of human artistic behavior by investigating its neurocognitive and biological underpinnings. We expand our understanding of this otherwise bizarre activity in natural terms, thereby contextualizing art within the framework of Natural Selection. This approach provides a suitable foundation for exploring the possible evolutionary origins of art, its development, as well as its major milestones along human evolution. Although the course is mainly focused in visual art, much of its content can be applied to other forms of artistic behavior. Classes begin August 23 and end December 18.

Visit us at the Center for Cognitive Archaeology for more information on classes. The deadline to register for courses is August 29, 2021. For registration information, visit: https://www.uccs.edu/lases/programs-a-l/cca

The Evolution of Ritual and Religion Offered Online Now at the Center for Cognitive Archaeology @ UCCS


How did humankind’s belief in an afterlife evolve? What is a ritual? What rituals are uniquely human? How did ritual evolve? What adaptive purposes do rituals serve?

Join Professor Matt Rossano for our online course The Evolution of Ritual and Religion. The course will explore the role ritual and religion have played in making us human. Together, we will take a highly inter-disciplinary approach using archaeology, anthropology, primatology, and cognitive science to define what ritual and religion are. From the earliest traces of supernaturalization to the rise of morality and monotheism, this course explores the evolution of the form and functions of human spirituality. Classes begin August 23 and end December 18.

Visit the Center for Cognitive Archaeology for more information on classes. The deadline to register for courses is August 29, 2021. For enrollment information, please visit: https://lases.uccs.edu/programs-a-l/cca

Fall 2021 Courses Available Now

The Center for Cognitive Archaeology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is now offering three courses for the Fall 2021. Fall 2021 semester starts August 23 through December 18. Graduate and undergraduate level training is offered in each class. For more information about the Center for Cognitive Archaeology and enrolling in courses, please visit us at: https://www.uccs.edu/lases/programs-a-l/cca

Deadline to register for courses is August 29.

Interesting Links

The Center for Cognitive Archaeology is introducing a new page on our website! Many of our faculty members have given lectures and interviews about cognitive archeological topics, and the most recent ones are now available on our website!

Visit https://cca.uccs.edu/interesting-links to view the latest talks.

For instance, check out this 2020 University of Hyderabad talk given by Professors Thomas Wynn and Frederick L. Coolidge on cognitive archaeology and cognitive evolution!

THE EVOLUTION OF RITUAL AND RELIGION OFFERED ONLINE NOW AT THE CENTER FOR COGNITIVE ARCHAEOLOGY @ UCCS


How did humankind’s belief in an afterlife evolve? What is a ritual? What rituals are uniquely human? How did ritual evolve? What adaptive purposes do rituals serve?

Join Professor Matt Rossano for our online course The Evolution of Ritual and Religion. The course will explore the role ritual and religion have played in making us human. Together, we will take a highly inter-disciplinary approach using archaeology, anthropology, primatology, and cognitive science to define what ritual and religion are. From the earliest traces of supernaturalization to the rise of morality and monotheism, this course explores the evolution of the form and functions of human spirituality. Classes begin June 14 and end August 6.

Visit the Center for Cognitive Archaeology for more information on classes. The deadline to register for courses is June 21, 2021. For enrollment information, please visit: https://lases.uccs.edu/programs-a-l/cca

NEANDERTAL COGNITION OFFERED ONLINE NOW AT THE CENTER FOR COGNITIVE ARCHAEOLOGY @ UCCS

How did Neandertals experience their world? How did their cognition and culture differ from ours? Were they pragmatic? Callous or cold-hearted? Did they love, were they charitable? Were they tough? Dogmatic? Xenophobic?

Join Professor Frederick L. Coolidge for our online course Neandertal Cognition. Together, we will explore the mind of some of our recent ancestors to compare and contrast similarities and differences between our behavior and the behavior of these archaic humans. After a century of suffering the negative biases of early scholars, Neandertals are emerging from the shadows of prehistory to take their rightful place as explorers and innovators who fought to survive in a heretofore uninhabitable clime. Our course reviews the archaeological evidence via empirical models of cognition in an effort to understand the cognitive and behavioral strategies employed by Homo neanderthalensis during their nearly half million years of existence. Classes begin June 14 and end August 6. 

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Visit us at the Center for Cognitive Archaeology for more information on classes. The deadline to register for courses is June 21, 2021. For registration information, please visit: https://lases.uccs.edu/programs-a-l/cca

SUMMER 2021 COURSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION

The Center for Cognitive Archaeology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is now offering two courses for the Summer 2021. Summer 2021 semester starts June 14 through August 6. Graduate and undergraduate level training is offered in each class. For more information about the Center for Cognitive Archaeology and enrolling in courses, please visit us at: https://lases.uccs.edu/programs-a-l/cca

Deadline to register for courses is June 21, 2021.