The evolutionary roots of goal-directed mechanisms: A communication account

Behav Brain Sci. 2023 Feb 17:46:e3. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X22000711.


Unleashed expressions for cooperation are mainly based on the expected perceptual effects of behaviours and not the behaviours themselves. From an evolutionary viewpoint, this goal-directed mechanism allows for a comprehensive story for the theory proposed by Heintz & Scott-Phillips. Over the past 2 million years, this situated mechanism has been reused for tool use and the language development for hominids.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Communication
  • Goals*
  • Hominidae*
  • Humans
  • Motivation