Conformity cannot be identified based on population-level signatures

@inproceedings{Acerbi2016ConformityCB,
  title={Conformity cannot be identified based on population-level signatures},
  author={Alberto Acerbi and Edwin J C van Leeuwen and Daniel Benjamin Moritz Haun and C Tennie},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
  year={2016}
}
Conformist transmission, defined as a disproportionate likelihood to copy the majority, is considered a potent mechanism underlying the emergence and stabilization of cultural diversity. However, ambiguity within and across disciplines remains as to how to identify conformist transmission empirically. In most studies, a population level outcome has been taken as the benchmark to evidence conformist transmission: a sigmoidal relation between individuals' probability to copy the majority and the… CONTINUE READING
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