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Cognitive Culture – Theoretical and Empirical insights into Social Learning Strategies

Research into social learning (learning from others) has expanded significantly in recent years, not least because of productive interactions between theoretical and empirical approaches. This has been coupled with a new emphasis on learning strategies, which places social learning within … Continue reading

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The Origin and Evolution of Cultures

Oxford presents, in one convenient and coherently organized volume, 20 influential but until now relatively inaccessible articles that form the backbone of Boyd and Richerson’s path-breaking work on evolution and culture. Their interdisciplinary research is based on two notions. First, … Continue reading

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Evolution of Social Learning and the Origin of Human Cumulative Culture

Because culture requires transmission of information between individuals, thinking about the origin of culture has mainly focused on the genetic evolution of abilities for social learning. Current theory considers how social learning affects the adaptiveness of a single cultural trait, … Continue reading

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Human Cumulative Cultural Evolution as a Form of Distributed Computation

Cumulative culture is the engine that drives the remarkable power of the global human computer. It enables societies to act as extremely powerful computers by ratcheting up technological and other cultural innovations. Once culture can accumulate, the ability of a … Continue reading

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Socially Shared Metacognition

Much problem solving and learning occurs in social situations, and social relations afford and facilitate these processes in many ways. However, previous research has mostly neglected to consider metacognition from the social point of view. On the basis of the … Continue reading

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