Social learning mechanisms and cumulative cultural evolution. Is imitation necessary?

@article{Caldwell2009SocialLM,
  title={Social learning mechanisms and cumulative cultural evolution. Is imitation necessary?},
  author={Christine A. Caldwell and Ailsa E. Millen},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 12},
  pages={1478-83}
}
Cumulative cultural evolution has been suggested to account for key cognitive and behavioral attributes that distinguish modern humans from their anatomically similar ancestors, but researchers have yet to establish which cognitive mechanisms are responsible for this kind of learning and whether they are unique to humans. Here, we show that human participants' cumulative learning is not always reliant on sources of social information commonly assumed to be essential. Seven hundred participants… CONTINUE READING
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