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Chapter 3: Methods of Research: Neuroscience and Genetic/Evolutionary Psychology
The brain adapts to the tasks a person uses it to perform. (Anon)
In this chapter we turn to the approaches that have been developed to investigate the mechanisms of the material tools (many of which are parts of the human body) that people use to accomplish culturally defined tasks. As we have argued in the previous chapters, the results of studies using the cultural/discursive methodologies have enabled us to determine what kinds of dispositions, capacities and skills etc., we need to carry on our lives successfully. These powers and skills are possible because we have been born with or have acquired the mechanisms necessary to exercise them. The possession of such mechanisms ...