Standing on the shoulders of giants: cumulative culture and social learning strategies

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Presenter: Rachel Kendal

Published: November 2012

Age: 14-19 and upwards

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Tags: anthropology/learning;society;culture

Type: Lectures

Source/institution: Royal Society

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Building upon the knowledge of others over many generations, currently referred to as cumulative cultural evolution, is arguably unique to humans and widely thought to be responsible for our success in colonising virtually every terrestrial habitat on the planet, and solving ecological, social and technological challenges. In contrast, social learning – learning from others – underlies the wide-spread occurrence of traditions or culture in all animals. Dr Rachel Kendal has investigated social learning strategies in young children, monkeys, chimpanzees and fish and discusses how the unique ways in which humans learn from one another may have been critical for our capacity for cumulative culture. Dr Rachel Kendal is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Durham

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