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dc.contributor.authorCaldwell, Christine Anna-
dc.contributor.authorAtkinson, Mark-
dc.contributor.authorRenner, Elizabeth-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-06T03:54:27Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-06T03:54:27Z-
dc.date.issued2016-06-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/23029-
dc.description.abstractIn humans, cultural traditions often change in ways which increase efficiency and functionality. This process, widely referred to as cumulative cultural evolution, sees beneficial traits preferentially retained, and it is so pervasive that we may be inclined to take it for granted. However, directional change of this kind appears to distinguish human cultural traditions from behavioural traditions that have been documented in other animals. Cumulative culture is therefore attracting an increasing amount of attention within psychology, and researchers have begun to develop methods of studying this phenomenon under controlled conditions. These studies have now addressed a number of different questions, including which learning mechanisms may be implicated, and how the resulting behaviours may be influenced by factors such as population structure. The current article provides a synopsis of some of these studies, and highlights some of the unresolved issues in this field.en_UK
dc.language.isoen-
dc.publisherSAGE-
dc.relationCaldwell CA, Atkinson M & Renner E (2016) Experimental approaches to studying cumulative cultural evolution, Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25 (3), pp. 191-195.-
dc.rightsPublisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Current Directions in Psychological Science by SAGE. The original publication is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963721416641049-
dc.subjectcumulative cultureen_UK
dc.subjectcultural evolutionen_UK
dc.subjectimitationen_UK
dc.subjectmicrosocietiesen_UK
dc.subjectratchet effecten_UK
dc.titleExperimental approaches to studying cumulative cultural evolutionen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963721416641049-
dc.identifier.pmid27397972-
dc.citation.jtitleCurrent Directions in Psychological Science-
dc.citation.issn0963-7214-
dc.citation.volume25-
dc.citation.issue3-
dc.citation.spage191-
dc.citation.epage195-
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublished-
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereed-
dc.type.statusPost-print (author final draft post-refereeing)-
dc.author.emailc.a.caldwell@stir.ac.uk-
dc.contributor.affiliationPsychology-
dc.contributor.affiliationPsychology-
dc.contributor.affiliationPsychology-
dc.identifier.isi000378691900008-
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