Introduction. Cultural transmission and the evolution of human behaviour

Kenny Smith, Michael L Kalish, Thomas L. Griffiths, Stephan Lewandowsky

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Abstract

The articles in this theme issue seek to understand the evolutionary bases of social learning and the consequences of cultural transmission for the evolution of human behaviour. In this introductory article, we provide a summary of these articles (seven articles on the experimental exploration of cultural transmission and three articles on the role of gene-culture coevolution in shaping human behaviour) and a personal view of some promising lines of development suggested by the work summarized here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3469-3476
Number of pages8
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume363
Issue number1509
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 12 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cultural evolution
  • Cultural transmission
  • Diffusion chain
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Human evolution
  • Social learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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