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The Evolution of Individual and Cultural Variation in Social Learning
Alex Mesoudi1; Lei Chang2; Sasha R.X. Dall1; Alex Thornton1
2016
Source PublicationTrends in ecology & evolution
ISSN0169-5347
Volume31Issue:3Pages:215-225
Abstract

It is often assumed in experiments and models that social learning abilities how often individuals copy others, plus who and how they copy-are species typical. Yet there is accruing evidence for systematic individual variation in social learning within species. Here we review evidence for this individual variation, placing it within a continuum of increasing phenotypic plasticity, from genetically polymorphic personality traits, to developmental plasticity via cues such as maternal stress, to the individual learning of social learning, and finally the social learning of social learning. The latter, possibly restricted to humans can generate stable between-group cultural variation in social learning. More research is needed to understand the extent, causes, and consequences of this individual and cultural variation.

KeywordCultural Evolution Individual Differences Personality Phenotypic Plasticity Social Information Use Social Learning
DOI10.1016/j.tree.2015.12.012
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Evolutionary Biology ; Genetics & Heredity
WOS SubjectEcology ; Evolutionary Biology ; Genetics & Heredity
WOS IDWOS:000371371000007
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON, 84 THEOBALDS RD, LONDON WC1X 8RR, ENGLAND
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Faculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding AuthorAlex Mesoudi
Affiliation1.University of Exeter
2.University of Macau
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Alex Mesoudi,Lei Chang,Sasha R.X. Dall,et al. The Evolution of Individual and Cultural Variation in Social Learning[J]. Trends in ecology & evolution,2016,31(3):215-225.
APA Alex Mesoudi,Lei Chang,Sasha R.X. Dall,&Alex Thornton.(2016).The Evolution of Individual and Cultural Variation in Social Learning.Trends in ecology & evolution,31(3),215-225.
MLA Alex Mesoudi,et al."The Evolution of Individual and Cultural Variation in Social Learning".Trends in ecology & evolution 31.3(2016):215-225.
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