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Evolution and development of cognitive, behavioural and neural lateralization

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 28806

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 932 300

  • EU contribution

    € 2 498 915

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITÀ "GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO" DI CHIETI - DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE BIOMEDICHE

Italy

Objective

The study of brain asymmetries, that were once believed to be a typically human trait subserving linguistic functions and handedness, has recently undergone a dramatic transformation. The knowledge that was gathered until a few decades ago by human neuropsychology alone, became greatly complemented and extended by data from comparative psychology, neuroscience, and developmental biology. This contribution provided a more complete picture of the phylogenetic, ontogenetic, and ecological factors that confer advantages to organisms exploiting neural and cognitive lateralization as a general biological trait. Game theory and population genetics contribute to the understanding of these advantages in terms of alignment of interactions between individuals, at a social and communicative level. A comparative approach, combining ethological, developmental, and theoretical research will investigate the coevolution of neural and morphological lateralization with social behaviours, and its impact on the evolution of higher cognitive abilities like language. The proposed research program will intensify the collaboration between insofar-isolated research domains, creating reciprocity between the biological and the behavioural sciences around a topic that is revealing a most promising tool for the understanding of the origins of the human mind.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITÀ "GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO" DI CHIETI - DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE BIOMEDICHE

Address

Via Dei Vestini 29
Chieti

Italy

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITY OF TRIESTE, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Italy

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE, INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS BIOMEDICAS

Chile

DEPT. OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY - UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA

Italy

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 28806

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 932 300

  • EU contribution

    € 2 498 915

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITÀ "GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO" DI CHIETI - DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE BIOMEDICHE

Italy