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Social learning in animals : the roots of culture
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 inExpand
The question of animal culture
  • B. Galef
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Human nature
  • 1 June 1992
Whether traditional behaviors of animals, like traditions of humans, are transmitted by imitation learning is considered and it may be misleading to treat animal traditions and human culture as homologous (rather than analogous) and to refer to animal traditions as cultural. Expand
Social Learning in Animals: Empirical Studies and Theoretical Models
Recent empirical evidence of social influences on food choice, tool use, patterns of movement, predator avoidance, mate choice, and courtship is reviewed, and formal models of when animals choose to copy behavior are considered, and which other animals' behavior they copy. Expand
Social influences on foraging in vertebrates: causal mechanisms and adaptive functions
20 years of empirical and theoretical research on causes and functions of social influences on foraging by animals and the importance to the future of the field of integrating 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' approaches to the study of social learning is considered. Expand
Transfer of information concerning distant foods: A laboratory investigation of the ‘information-centre’ hypothesis
It is concluded that olfactory cues passing from demonstrator to observer provide observers with information con- cerning demonstrators' diets and that these o aroma cues are sufficient to bias diet selection by ob- servers. Expand
Social Influences on the Food Preferences of House Mice ()
In a series of studies undertaken to determine the conditions under which naive house mice (observers) develop preferences for foods eaten by recently-fed conspecifics (demonstrators), we found thatExpand
‘Conformity’ in Norway rats?
In a recent paper, Whiten & van Schaik (2007, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 362, 603–620) suggested that although a tendency to conform to the behaviour ofExpand
Social learning : psychological and biological perspectives
Contents: Part I:Social Learnlng: Theoretical and Methodological Issues. B.G. Galef, Jr., Imitation in Animals: History, Definition, and Interpretation of Data from the Psychological Laboratory. R.Expand
Carbon disulfide: A semiochemical mediating socially-induced diet choice in rats
Data are consistent with the hypothesis that CS2 is a semiochemical that mediates social influence on diet selection in rats and is associated with enhanced preference for the unfamiliar diet. Expand
Acute anosmia in the rat: a behavioral test of a peripherally-induced olfactory deficit.
Hooded rats trained to use olfactory cues to locate scented food pellets buried in an open field were unable to do so following bathing of the o aroma mucosa with a 5% zinc sulphate solution, leading to peripherally-induced anosmia. Expand