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Social learning in humans and nonhuman animals

An interesting issue of the Journal of Comparative Psychology (2012, Volume 126, Issue 2) on social learning in humans and nonhuman animals. From the intro: "The past decade has seen a resurgent, concerted interest in social learning research comparing human and nonhuman animals. In this special issue, we present a synthesis of work that consolidates what is currently known and provides a platform for future research. … We include both new empirical studies and novel theoretical proposals describing work with both human children and adults and a range of nonhuman animals." For the ToC,

Table of contents

  • Social learning in humans and nonhuman animals: Theoretical and empirical dissections. by Nielsen, Mark; Subiaul, Francys; Galef, Bennett; Zentall, Thomas; Whiten, Andrew
  • Perspectives on observational learning in animals. by Zentall, Thomas R.
  • Even simple forms of social learning rely on intention attribution in marmoset monkeys (Callithrix jacchus). by Burkart, Judith; Kupferberg, Aleksandra; Glasauer, Stefan; van Schaik, Carel
  • Outcome-based observational learning in human infants. by Huang, Chi-Tai
  • The role of transmission biases in the cultural diffusion of irrelevant actions. by McGuigan, Nicola
  • End state copying by humans (Homo sapiens): Implications for a comparative perspective on cumulative culture. by Caldwell, Christine A.; Schillinger, Kerstin; Evans, Cara L.; Hopper, Lydia M.
  • Imitation, pretend play, and childhood: Essential elements in the evolution of human culture? by Nielsen, Mark
  • Putting the social into social learning: Explaining both selectivity and fidelity in children's copying behavior. by Over, Harriet; Carpenter, Malinda
  • What's social about social learning? by Heyes, Cecilia

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