Daniel Lende and Greg Downey of the Neuroanthropology blog have just brought out a new book, published by MIT Press, which is wonderfully titled (similarly to the 2009 conference) “The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology”. The book is available as hardcover or kindle version.
@daniel_lende is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida.
@gregdowney1 is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney
Description: The brain and the nervous system are our most cultural organs. Our nervous system is especially immature at birth, our brain disproportionately small in relation to its adult size and open to cultural sculpting at multiple levels. Recognizing this, the new field of neuroanthropology places the brain at the center of discussions about human nature and culture. Anthropology offers brain science more robust accounts of enculturation to explain observable difference in brain function; neuroscience offers anthropology evidence of neuroplasticity’s role in social and cultural dynamics. This book provides a foundational text for neuroanthropology, offering basic concepts and case studies at the intersection of brain and culture.