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High Fidelity

Kevin N. Laland

in Darwin's Unfinished Symphony

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691182810
eISBN:
9780691184470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182810.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter describes three theoretical analyses which shed light on the question as to what was different about the behavior, morphology, or circumstances of our ancestors that allowed our ... More


On the Origin of Cumulative Culture: Consideration of the Role of Copying in Culture-Dependent Traits and a Reappraisal of the Zone of Latent Solutions Hypothesis

Claudio Tennie, Lydia M. Hopper, and Carel P. Van Schaik

in Chimpanzees in Context: A Comparative Perspective on Chimpanzee Behavior, Cognition, Conservation, and Welfare

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226727844
eISBN:
9780226728032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226728032.003.0019
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

An understanding of ape culture offers important insights into the evolution of human culture. This chapter presents the argument that ape tool cultures consist of socially-mediated branching chains ... More


Introduction

Peter Jordan

in Technology as Human Social Tradition: Cultural Transmission among Hunter-Gatherers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780520276925
eISBN:
9780520958333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520276925.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This introductory chapter outlines the general aims of the book, contextualizes its general approach within older streams of research, and identifies the key debates and questions it will address. It ... More


The Origin of Cumulative Culture: Not a Single-Trait Event But Multifactorial Processes

Miriam Noël Haidle

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Cumulative culture is widely seen as a uniquely human characteristic involving distinct cognitive and behavioral performances. In searching for its origin, different factors have been suggested as ... More


Scaffolding on Core Cognition

Christophe Heintz

in Developing Scaffolds in Evolution, Culture, and Cognition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780262019552
eISBN:
9780262314787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019552.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Culture is scaffolded not only by external artifacts and social institutions but also by innate mental skills and abilities that constitute core cognition Most theories of cultural change have paid ... More


Technology as Human Social Tradition: Cultural Transmission among Hunter-Gatherers

Peter Jordan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780520276925
eISBN:
9780520958333
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520276925.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This book outlines a new approach to studying variability and cumulative change in human technology, a definitive research theme spanning archaeology and anthropology. The central argument is that ... More


Cumulation

Alberto Acerbi

in Cultural Evolution in the Digital Age

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198835943
eISBN:
9780191873331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198835943.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Chapter 8 considers what cultural evolutionists call cumulative cultural evolution, that is, the idea that culture increases in complexity. For a cultural domain being defined as cumulative, it needs ... More


The Evolution of Social Transmission in the Acheulean

Ceri Shipton

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0017
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Human social transmission is unrivalled in its precision and complexity. High-fidelity social transmission ensures each generation does not have to reinvent the wheel, while the sharing of knowledge ... More


Stone Toolmaking and the Evolution of Human Culture and Cognition

Dietrich Stout

in Culture Evolves

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199608966
eISBN:
9780191804656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199608966.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Although many species display behavioural traditions, human culture is unique in the complexity of its technological, symbolic and social contents. Is this extraordinary complexity a product of ... More


Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Karenleigh A. Overmann and Frederick L. Coolidge (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This anthology celebrates 40 years of an archaeology of mind, the investigation of how the modern human mind emerged, as discerned through material artifacts such as the stone tools used throughout ... More


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