Comparative cultural cognition
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science
Volume 1, Issue 1, pages 23–31, January/February 2010
How to Cite
Price, E. E., Caldwell, C. A. and Whiten, A. (2010), Comparative cultural cognition. WIREs Cogn Sci, 1: 23–31. doi: 10.1002/wcs.14
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2009
Cultural learning is an adaptive mechanism which can lead to changes in behavior and cognition much faster than naturally selected genetic change. Although social learning is prevalent in many species, the capacity for significant cumulative culture remains restricted to humans. This capacity has been a driving force behind the evolution of complexity in our technologies and societies, and has allowed us to become the most widespread mammal on earth. The comparative study of cultural cognition assesses where important differences lie between species. A combination of observational studies in the wild, experimental studies in captivity, and field experiments together provide the most comprehensive methods with which to tackle the question. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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