• Publications
  • Influence
Social learning strategies
  • K. Laland
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Learning & behavior
  • 1 February 2004
A number of possible strategies that are predicted by theoretical analyses are discussed, includingcopy when uncertain,copy the majority, andcopy if better, and the empirical evidence in support of each is considered, drawing from both the animal and human social learning literature. Expand
Niche Construction: The Neglected Process in Evolution
This book extends evolutionary theory by formally including niche construction and ecological inheritance as additional evolutionary processes, and demonstrates how the theory can resolve long-standing problems in ecology, particularly by advancing the sorely needed synthesis of ecology and evolution. Expand
The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions and predictions
The structure, core assumptions and novel predictions of the extended evolutionary synthesis (EES) are spelled out, and it is shown how it can be deployed to stimulate and advance research in those fields that study or use evolutionary biology. Expand
Social intelligence, innovation, and enhanced brain size in primates
  • S. Reader, K. Laland
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 12 March 2002
It is established that social learning, innovation, and tool use frequencies are positively correlated with species' relative and absolute “executive” brain volumes, after controlling for phylogeny and research effort. Expand
Niche construction, biological evolution, and cultural change
In this model, phenotypes have a much more active role in evolution than generally conceived and sheds light on hominid evolution, on the evolution of culture, and on altruism and cooperation. Expand
Social learning and life skills training for hatchery reared fish
New methods and recent findings are reviewed that suggest how social learning protocols could realistically be applied on a large scale to enhance the viability of hatchery fish prior to their release into the wild. Expand
The evolution of primate general and cultural intelligence
The findings question the independence of cognitive traits and do not support ‘massive modularity’ in primate cognition, nor an exclusively social model of primate intelligence, as well as an across-species general intelligence that includes elements of cultural intelligence. Expand
Cognitive culture: theoretical and empirical insights into social learning strategies
Research into social learning (learning from others) has expanded significantly in recent years, not least because of productive interactions between theoretical and empirical approaches, which places social learning within a cognitive decision-making framework. Expand