An Evolutionary Approach to Brain Research on Prosematic (Nonverbal) Behavior

  • Paul D. MacLean
Part of the Evolution, Development, and Organization of Behavior book series (EDOB, volume 1)


In this paper I deal with the question of forebrain mechanisms underlying species-typical communicative behavior that is basic for self-preservation and the survival of the species. In my own research on this problem I have taken an evolutionary approach, which has the advantage that it allows one to telescope millions of years into a span that can be seen all at once and, as in plotting a curve, to detect trends that would not otherwise be apparent.


Brain Research Globus Pallidus Squirrel Monkey Nonverbal Behavior Corpus Striatum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul D. MacLean
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Brain Evolution and BehaviorNational Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA

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