A blog by Dr Gillian Forrester about
the evolutionary forces that make us who we are..
Gillian Forrester, a CEN affiliate, is an evolutionary and developmental psychologist at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research aims to understand how modern humans developed sophisticated social abilities. She’s worked with chimpanzees, gorillas and children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD and autism. Her perspective is that behavior must be studied to understand cognition—and other animals must be studied to understand humans. She has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University and a B.S. in Cognitive Science from University of California, San Diego and an interest in Education.
My Two Brains: Why Are They Not the Same?
Left and right brain differences have a long evolutionary history. We are all unique individuals, but we acknowledge that we might have inherited grandma’s nose or dad’s extroverted personality. Have you ever thought about what physical and psychological traits humans, as a species, have inherited from our ancient ancestors?
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