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ERIC Number: EJ1131791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 14
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ISSN: EISSN-1467-7687
When Does Social Learning Become Cultural Learning?
Heyes, Cecilia
Developmental Science, v20 n2 Mar 2017
Developmental research on selective social learning, or "social learning strategies", is currently a rich source of information about when children copy behaviour, and who they prefer to copy. It also has the potential to tell us when and how human social learning becomes cultural learning; i.e. mediated by psychological mechanisms that are specialized, genetically or culturally, to promote cultural inheritance. However, this review article argues that, to realize its potential, research on the development of selective social learning needs more clearly to distinguish functional from mechanistic explanation; to achieve integration with research on attention and learning in adult humans and "dumb" animals; and to recognize that psychological mechanisms can be specialized, not only by genetic evolution, but also by associative learning and cultural evolution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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