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An Experimental Investigation of the Role of Collaboration in the Evolution of Communication Systems

  title={An Experimental Investigation of the Role of Collaboration in the Evolution of Communication Systems},
  author={Nicolas Fay and Shane L. Rogers and Nik Swoboda and Bradley Walker},
Imitation alone cannot explain language evolution. Two additional ingredients have been proposed that may help explain the evolution of language systems: learning biases and social collaboration. An experimental method was developed that isolated the roles of collaboration and learning biases in the development of novel communication systems. Participants played a Pictionary-like task to develop ad hoc graphical communication systems in one of two conditions: one in which they interacted with a… 
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