Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Niche construction, social co-construction, and the development of the human mind

Mary Gauvain a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521


Laland et al.'s model of human evolution and cultural change needs to incorporate theory and research in human psychological development. The psychological approach that focuses on sociocultural contributions to growth offers a way of thinking about individual development that would complement and extend this model.