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Animal traditions: what they are, and why they matter

Brown, Rachael


This chapter presents a number of examples of the multigenerational transmission of traits in nonhuman animals via so-called "simple" forms of social learning, such as stimulus enhancement. The "simple" mechanisms of social learning underwriting most animal traditions are widely viewed to be incapable of accurately transmitting traits across multiple generations. By facilitating the propagation of traditions and cultural traits within populations, social learning makes the persistence of those...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds
DOI: 10.4324/9781315742250


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