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Book chapters:
The evolution of cultura: from primate social learning to human culture
Year:2010
Research Areas
  • Livestock
Information
Abstract
Cultural transmission in our species works most of the time as a cumulative inheritance system allowing members of a group to incorporate behavioral features not only with a positive biological value but sometimes also with a neutral, or even negative, biological value. Most of models of dual inheritance theory and gene-culture coevolution suggest that an increase, either qualitative or quantitative, in the efficiency of imitation is the key factor to explain the transformation of primate social learning in a cumulative cultural system of inheritance as it happens during hominization. We contend that more efficient imitation is necessary but not enough for this transformation to occur and that the key factor enabling such a transformation is that some hominids developed the capacity to approve or disapprove their offspring¿s learned behavior. This capacity to approve or disapprove offspring¿s behavior makes learning both less costly and more accurate, and it transformed the hominid culture into a system of cumulative cultural inheritance similar to that of humans, although the system was still prelinguistic in nature.
International
Si
Book Edition
0
Book Publishing
ISBN
978-0-7546-2758-6
Series
Book title
The Evolution of Culture. Volumen IV de The International Library of Essays on Evolutionary Thought, Ashgate Publishing, Reino Unido (2010).
From page
10235
To page
10240
Participants
  • Autor: Miguel Angel Toro Ibañez (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Producción Animal
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