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Memorias de investigación
Book chapters:
Cultural Transmission and Evolution
Year:2010
Research Areas
  • Livestock
Information
Abstract
Cultural transmission in our species is a cumulative inheritance system that leads to a cultural evolution process with a great adaptive value. Our genes have promoted a social learning system very effective for the transmission of learned behaviours. The ability to accumulate knowledge based on an efficient transmission process is what distinguishes human culture from other kinds of social learning present in nonhuman primates. Human behaviour is a product of two different and interacting processes: genetic evolution and cultural evolution. Much variation in human behaviour cannot be understood without accounting for beliefs, values and other socially acquired determinants of behaviour. Thus, culture is crucial for understanding human behaviour and coevolves with biology. On the one hand, the psychobiological capacities guiding cultural processes are the product of evolution. On the other hand, culture modifies the environment in which we live and therefore determine future action of natural selection.
International
Si
Book Edition
0
Book Publishing
ISBN
978-0-470-01590-2
Series
Book title
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester
From page
30
To page
52
Participants
  • Autor: Miguel Angel Toro Ibañez (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Producción Animal
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