Faculty

Thomas Wynn, Director

Thomas Wynn

Thomas Wynn earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1977. He then joined the anthropology faculty of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has published extensively in palaeolithic archaeology, with a particular emphasis on cognitive evolution. His early research focused on the archaeology of Homo erectus, and the evolution of spatial thinking.

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Frederick L. Coolidge

Frederick L. Coolidge received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Florida and completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Shands Teaching Hospital, University of Florida. He came to UCCS in 1979. Dr. Coolidge is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Paleoanthropology Society. He teaches introductory statistics, cognitive evolution, and graduate courses in cognition and personality.

Fred Coolidge, Co-Director
April Nowell, Instructor

April Nowell

Dr. April Nowell is an archaeologist and an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria in British, Columbia, Canada. She earned her Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in human evolution. In particular, she is interested in the origins of art, language, and symbol use and in the emergence of the modern mind. While she has excavated sites in many parts of the world from Thule Inuit sites in the Canadian High Arctic to Mayan sites in Belize, her current research takes her to Jordan in the Middle East where she leads an international team in the study of Neanderthal lifeways as the director of the Druze Marsh Paleolithic and Paleo-ecological Project (DMAPP).

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Emiliano Bruner

Emiliano Bruner received his Academic Degree in Biology and his Ph.D. in Animal Biology at the University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy with a thesis in paleoneurology and computed anatomy, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the same field. He taught the first course in Paleoneurology at the University La Sapienza.  He is currently Research Group Leader in paleoneurology at the National Research Centre on Human Evolution, in Burgos, Spain. He is vice-secretary of the Italian Institute of Anthropology, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Anthropological Sciences. His research interests include anthropology, paleontology, zoology, anatomy, and morphometrics focusing on functional craniology and brain evolution in the human genus. He works mainly with digital anatomy, geometrical models, and multivariate statistics.

Emiliano Bruner, Instructor
Iain Davidson, Instructor

Iain Davidson

Emeritus Professor of Archaeology in the School of Humanities at the University of New England. Holds honorary positions at Flinders University, the University of Queensland and Harvard University.  Worked at the University of New England for 34 years, helping to start the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology. Awarded a Personal Chair in 1997 until retirement in 2008.  Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University in 2008-9. Awarded the Rhys Jones Medal of the Australian Archaeological Association 2010. I have worked on the Spanish Upper Palaeolithic, archaeology and ethnography of Northwest Queensland, Australian rock art, archaeology and heritage, and language origins.   I have contributed to discussions of interpreting animal bones as evidence of prehistoric economy, use of ethnography in archaeological interpretation, evidence of non-human primates for understanding language origins, the interface between psychology and archaeology, problems of understanding the "meaning" of prehistoric art, and the relations between stone tools and cognition, and the evolution of cognition.

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Linda Watts

Dr. Linda K. Watts has been a part of the University of Colorado community since 1992. She has published The Social Semiotics of Relational Terminology at Zuni Pueblo (Mellen Press, 2000) and several articles and book reviews. Her B.A. in English is from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, her M.A. in linguistics from the State University of New York Center at Buffalo, and her Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University. She has been the recipient of the UCCS Committee on Research and Creative Works Research Grant, the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Basic Research Grant and a Museum of Northern Arizona Research Internship. She has been involved with several ethnographic studies focused on Zuni Pueblo social organization and kinship terminology, Native American substance dependency research, and "life paths," a study of cultural schemas associated with managing life's transitions. Her research interests include Native American studies, cultural models, life course studies, and linguistics and ethnographic field work.

Linda Watts, Instructor
Rex Welshon, Instructor

Rex Welshon

B.A., Colorado State University (Philosophy), 1981; M.A., Colorado State University (Philosophy), 1983; Ph.D., Brown University (Philosophy), 1992. Primary areas of interest include philosophy of mind, cognitive science, Nietzsche, and event theory; areas of competence include logic and American pragmatism. His Publications include Nietzsche's Perspectivism, co-authored with Steve Hales (Illinois, 2000), Nietzsche's Philosophical Thought (Acumen, 2004), and Philosophy, Neuroscience and Consciousness (Acumen, 2011) .

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Matt Rossano

Matt Rossano is Professor of Psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University. He received his doctorate in Psychology in 1991 from the University of California at Riverside. He is an evolutionary psychologist who specializes in the evolution of religion, morality, consciousness, and the human mind. He has authored or co-authored over 30 scholarly papers, book chapters, commentaries and reviews, including papers in such notable journals as: Psychological Bulletin, Cognition, Current Anthropology, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, and The Review of General Psychology. He is the author of three books: Evolutionary Psychology: The Science of Human Behavior and Evolution (2002, Wiley), Supernatural Selection: How Religion Evolved (2010, Oxford) and Mortal Rituals: What the Andes' Survivors tell us about Human Evolution (2013, Columbia University Press).

Matt Rossano, Instructor
Karenleigh A. Overmann, Student

Karenleigh A. Overmann

Karenleigh A. Overmann is a graduate student at the University of Oxford, where she is working toward a DPhil in Archaeology as a Clarendon Scholar. She has an M.A. in psychology and a B.A. in anthropology, philosophy, and English from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her work has appeared in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Current Anthropology, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, and Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal. Her research interests include embodied cognition, numerosity and the neuropsychology of number, cognitive and language evolution, cultural astronomy and timekeeping, and metaphor.

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Natalie Uomini

Natalie Uomini is a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool specializing in Paleocognition and primate laterality. She holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science and Linguistics (University of California, San Diego, 1999), a Master's in Language Sciences (University of Grenoble, 2000), and an M.Sc. in Biological Anthropology (University of Durham, 2001). She earned her Ph.D. from the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins at the University of Southampton and went on to hold two prestigious postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Liverpool, funded by the British Academy Centenary Project "Lucy to Language: the Archaeology of the Social Brain" and the Leverhulme Trust. She is interested in the evolutionary origins of right- and left-handedness, language, and mind. Her work combines primatology with anthropology to study the evolution of cognitive skills in hominids before 400,000 years ago.

Nataie Uomini, Researcher
Manuel Martín-Loeches, Professor

Manuel Martín-Loeches

Manuel Martín-Loeches is a Psychologist who received his PhD in Psychobiology at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), where he is now a Professor in the Psychobiology department. Using modern brain imaging techniques -namely, Computerized Electroencephalography and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging-, he has studied a large number of higher cognitive functions and processes, such as working memory, attention, visual processing, human language, religious thought, or neuroaesthetics. Pathologies in this regard have also been of his interest, particularly schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. Since he started his position as leader of the Cognitive Neuroscience Section at the Center UCM-ISCIII for Human Evolution and Behavior (Madrid), in 2001, he has devoted big efforts in order to apply knowledge derived from current advances in cognitive neuroscience to better understand the evolution of human mind.

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Lambros Malafouris

Lambros Malafouris (Ph.D. Cambridge 2005) is a Johnson Research and Teaching Fellow in Creativity, Cognition, and Material Culture at Keble College and the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. His primary research interests lie in the archaeology of mind and the philosophy of material culture. His publications include How Things Shape the Mind: A Theory of Material Engagement (2013, The MIT Press), The Cognitive Life of Things: Recasting the Boundaries of the Mind (2010, McDonald Institute Monographs, with C. Renfrew), The Sapient Mind: Archaeology Meets Neuroscience (2009, Oxford University Press, with C. Renfrew & C. Frith), and Material Agency: Towards a Non- Anthropocentric Approach (2008, Springer, with C. Knappett).

Lambros Malafouris, Professor