Innovation and social learning : individual variation and brain evolution *

  title={Innovation and social learning : individual variation and brain evolution *},
  author={Simon M. Reader},
This paper reviews behavioural, neurological and cognitive correlates of innovation at the individual, population and species level, focusing on birds and primates. Innovation, new or modiŽ ed learned behaviour not previously found in the population, is the Ž rst stage in many instances of cultural transmission and may play an important role in the lives of animals with generalist or opportunistic lifestyles. Within-species, innovation is associated with low neophobia, high neophilia, and with… CONTINUE READING

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