The Natural Selection of Private and Inner Speech

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This article analyzes the emergence of private and inner speech from the perspective of natural selection, arguing that social speech acts as a selection pressure for the emergence of private speech, that private speech acts as a selection pressure that leads to the emergence of inner speech, and that this view of private and inner speech may help to explain the natural selection of a variety of other traits of the human mind in an asymmetric intraspecific evolutionary arms race.

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O’Connor, S. (2020). The Natural Selection of Private and Inner Speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00163

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