Social Learning In Animals: The Roots of Culture

Hardcover | May 16, 1996

byCecilia M. HeyesEditorBennett G. Galef, Jr.

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The increasing realization among behaviorists and psychologists is that many animals learn by observation as members of social systems. Such settings contribute to the formation of culture. This book combines the knowledge of two groups of scientists with different backgrounds to establish a working consensus for future research. The book is divided into two major sections, with contributions by a well-known, international, and interdisciplinary team which integrates these growing areas of inquiry. Key Features* Integrates the broad range of scientific approaches being used in the studies of social learning and imitation, and society and culture* Provides an introduction to this field of study as well as a starting point for the more experienced researcher* Chapters are succinct reviews of innovative discoveries and progress made during the past decade* Includes statements of varied theoretical perspectives on controversial topics* Authoritative contributions by an international team of leading researchers

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This authoritative book combines the knowledge of two groups of scientists with different backgrounds to establish a working consensus for future research. Social Learning In Animals is essential is as an introduction to this field of study as well as a starting point for the more experienced research.

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The increasing realization among behaviorists and psychologists is that many animals learn by observation as members of social systems. Such settings contribute to the formation of culture. This book combines the knowledge of two groups of scientists with different backgrounds to establish a working consensus for future research. The b...

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The increasing realization among behaviorists and psychologists is that many animals learn by observation as members of social systems. Such settings contribute to the formation of culture. This authoritative book combines the knowledge of two groups of scientists with different backgrounds to establish a working consensus for future r...

Cecilia Heyes completed her doctoral research on social learning in animals in the Department of Psychology at University College London (UCL), under the supervision of Professor Henry Plotkin. As a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, she spent two years in the United States, studying evolutionary epistemology and phi...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:411 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 16, 1996Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Social Learning:
B.G. Galef, Jr., Introduction.
J. Terkel, Cultural Transmission of Feeding Behavior in the Black Rat (Rattus rattus).
B.G. Galef, Jr., Social Enhancement of Food Preferences in Norway Rats: A Brief Review.
D.M. Fragaszy and E. Visalberghi, Social Learning in Monkeys: Primate 'Primacy' Reconsidered.
L.A. Dugatkin, Copying and Mate Choice.
L. Lefebvre and L.-A. Giraldeau, Is Social Learning and Adaptive Specialization?
K.N. Laland, P.J. Richeron, and R. Boyd, Developing a Theory of Animal Social Learning.
M.E. West, Social Learning: Synergy and Songbirds.
R.R. Provine, Contagious Yawning and Laughing: Significance for Sensory Feature Detection, Motor Pattern Generation, Imitation and the Evolution of Social Behavior.
Imitation:
C.M. Heyes, Introduction: Identifying and Defining Imitation.
T.R. Zentall, An Analysis of Imitative Learning in Animals.
B.R. Moore, The Evolution of Imitative Learning.
M.A. Huffman, Acquisition of Innovative Cultural Behaviors in Nonhuman Primates: A Case Study of Stone Handling, a Socially Transmitted Behavior in Japanese Macaques.
A. Whiten and D. Custance, Studies of Imitation in Chimpanzees and Children.
M. Tomasello, Do Apes Ape?
A. Meltzoff, The Human Infant as Imitative Generalist: A 20-Year Progressive Report.
C.M. Heyes, Genuine Imitation?
Chapter References.
Author Index.
Subject Index.

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This authoritative book combines the knowledge of two groups of scientists with different backgrounds to establish a working consensus for future research. Social Learning In Animals is essential is as an introduction to this field of study as well as a starting point for the more experienced research.

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"Clearly, this volume offers much that appeals to a wide ranger of potential readers. Moreover, this panarama of intriguing material is presented at a level that is accessible by both students and faculty. The only thing left at this point is to acquire a copy of this fine work."--CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY"Bennett Galef and Celia Heyes provide useful introductory chapters to each of these sections... Overall I found this book authoritative, informative, and frequently entertaining."--BIOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY