ERIC Number: EJ1101135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Mapping the Cultural Learnability Landscape of Danger
Barrett, H. Clark; Peterson, Christopher D.; Frankenhuis, Willem E.
Child Development, v87 n3 p770-781 May-Jun 2016
Cultural transmission is often viewed as a domain-general process. However, a growing literature suggests that learnability is influenced by content and context. The idea of a learnability landscape is introduced as a way of representing the effects of interacting factors on how easily information is acquired. Extending prior work (Barrett & Broesch, 2012), learnability of danger and other properties is compared for animals, artifacts, and foods in the urban American children (ages 4-5) and in the Shuar children in Ecuador (ages 4-9). There is an advantage for acquiring danger information that is strongest for animals and weakest for artifacts in both populations, with culture-specific variations. The potential of learnability landscapes for assessing biological and cultural influences on cultural transmission is discussed.
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Urban Areas, Cross Cultural Studies, Children, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries, Animals, Food, Indigenous Populations, Rural Areas, Biology, Context Effect, Learning Processes, Risk
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Identifiers - Location: Ecuador; United States