Human exceptionalism

Trends Cogn Sci. 2013 May;17(5):199-201. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2013.03.001. Epub 2013 Mar 29.


How the unique capacities of human cognition arose in evolution is a question of enduring interest. The difficulty of finding the best allometric and developmental frame for brain evolution and growth, however, leads researchers to routinely identify predictable features of the human brain as exceptional.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Humans