Ontogenesis, semiosis and the epigenetic dynamics of biocultural niche construction

Sinha, Chris (2015) Ontogenesis, semiosis and the epigenetic dynamics of biocultural niche construction. Cognitive Development, 36. pp. 202-209. ISSN 0885-2014

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2015 Elsevier Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: biocultural niche construction,epigenesis,ontogenesis,praxis,semiosphere,experimental and cognitive psychology,developmental and educational psychology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3205
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2023 01:21
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2023 01:21
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/93957
DOI: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2015.09.006

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