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Ontogenesis, semiosis and the epigenetic dynamics of biocultural niche construction

Sinha, Chris LU (2015) In Cognitive Development 36. p.202-209
Abstract
In this article I address the significance of semiotic processes supporting early social interaction, communication and learning in the evolution of the modern human niche of infancy and childhood, known to be extended even in comparison with closely related hominin species. Human infancy and childhood is a biocultural niche, embedded within and causally contributing to the expansion and elaboration of the wider human biocultural complex, including both semiotic and praxic spheres. Epigenetic constructive processes were crucial in the evolution of the niche of ontogenesis, and niche construction through epigenetic augmentation is the key to understanding human symbolic evolution, the advent of human behavioral modernity and the capture of... (More)
In this article I address the significance of semiotic processes supporting early social interaction, communication and learning in the evolution of the modern human niche of infancy and childhood, known to be extended even in comparison with closely related hominin species. Human infancy and childhood is a biocultural niche, embedded within and causally contributing to the expansion and elaboration of the wider human biocultural complex, including both semiotic and praxic spheres. Epigenetic constructive processes were crucial in the evolution of the niche of ontogenesis, and niche construction through epigenetic augmentation is the key to understanding human symbolic evolution, the advent of human behavioral modernity and the capture of evolutionary processes by socio-cultural dynamics. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (Less)
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Biocultural niche construction, Epigenesis, Ontogenesis, Praxis, Semiosphere
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Cognitive Development
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10.1016/j.cogdev.2015.09.006
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  abstract     = {In this article I address the significance of semiotic processes supporting early social interaction, communication and learning in the evolution of the modern human niche of infancy and childhood, known to be extended even in comparison with closely related hominin species. Human infancy and childhood is a biocultural niche, embedded within and causally contributing to the expansion and elaboration of the wider human biocultural complex, including both semiotic and praxic spheres. Epigenetic constructive processes were crucial in the evolution of the niche of ontogenesis, and niche construction through epigenetic augmentation is the key to understanding human symbolic evolution, the advent of human behavioral modernity and the capture of evolutionary processes by socio-cultural dynamics. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.},
  author       = {Sinha, Chris},
  issn         = {0885-2014},
  keyword      = {Biocultural niche construction,Epigenesis,Ontogenesis,Praxis,Semiosphere},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {202--209},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Cognitive Development},
  title        = {Ontogenesis, semiosis and the epigenetic dynamics of biocultural niche construction},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2015.09.006},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2015},
}