Humans’ spatial recall makes mental notes about the location of high-calorie foods
In the newest Scientific American there’s a nice article about certain types of ‘hard-wiring’ in our brains.
Yes, there is biologically primary and biologically secondary knowledge and learning. No, our brains haven’t miraculously evolved in one generation (i.e., digital natives).
The article writes: “Our main takeaway message is that human minds seem to be designed for efficiently locating high-calorie foods in our environment,” says Rachelle de Vries, a Ph.D. candidate in human nutrition and health at Wageningen University and lead author of the new paper. De Vries feels her team’s findings support the idea that locating valuable caloric resources was an important and regularly occurring problem for early humans weathering the climate shifts of the Pleistocene epoch. “Those with a better memory for where and when high-calorie food resources would be available were likely to have a survival—or fitness—advantage,” she explains.