A new study of brain networks (57 humans, 20 chimps) describes changes since divergence from last common ancestor. Evolutionary shift in humans toward investing neural resources in multimodal connections + increased language-related connectivity:
Humans have stronger brain connectivity in areas related to information integration and language than chimpanzees do. A study published in PNAS this week suggests that information integration is key to the development of human higher-order cognition:
Humans have stronger brain connectivity in areas related to information integration and language than chimpanzees do, as well as more modularity. This suggests an evolutionary shift toward neural integration and functional specialization. Read more:
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Evolutionary expansion of connectivity between multimodal association areas in humans compared with chimpanzees