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Social learning in humans and non-human animals: theoretical and empirical dissections

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Starts:

July
012010

08:50

Ends:

July
022010

18:00

Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

 

Organised by Professor Andrew Whiten FBA

This is a satellite meeting related to the ‘parent’ Culture evolves discussion meeting immediately preceding it and held at Southbank Centre. The Culture evolves meeting is focussed on the broad topic of culture, with social learning but one component of this. Talks in the DM will not necessarily be concerned with particular processes of social learning. Accordingly, the Kavli meeting is designed to home in on social learning processes, in a way that complements the Culture evolves meeting. Invited speakers are scientists who have been active in pursuing experimental or other empirical studies aimed at dissecting social learning processes, and in many cases developing taxonomies, theories or conceptual schemes for such dissection. Of the 16 speakers, 8 study children, 4 study human adults and 14 study non-human animals including guppies, tortoises, pigeons, quail, budgerigars, starlings, hens, keas, ravens, jackdaws, dogs, rats, marmosets, capuchins, macaques and all the great apes. As those familiar with the field will know, numerous controversies, from the terminological to the empirical, surround studies of social learning, and these are expected to make appropriate and timely topics for the kinds of scientific discussions now encouraged at the Royal Society’s new Kavli Centre.

Biographies and audio recordings are available below.

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Session 1

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What is ‘social’ about social learning?

Professor Cecilia Heyes, University of Oxford, UK

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How and what to learn from individual differences in social learning

Dr Judith Burkart, Anthropologisches Institut & Museum, University of Zurich, Austria

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Broadening connections: social learning theory and practice

Dr Kristin Bonnie, Beloit College, USA

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The relationship between terminology and experiment in studies of social learning

Professor Bennett Galef, McMaster University

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Do social learning taxonomies help us to understand cumulative culture?

Dr Christine A Caldwell, University of Stirling, UK

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The scope of over-imitation in the cultural transmission of tool-based actions

Professor Nicola McGuigan, Heriot-Watt University, UK

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Extreme copying in a cross-cultural context and the origins of cumulative culture

Dr Mark Nielsen, University of Queensland, Australia

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Bad data: social learning findings that don't fit the theories

Professor Ludwig Huber, University of Vienna, Austria

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Statistical methods for distinguishing social learning mechanisms in the field

Dr William Hoppitt, University of St Andrews, UK

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Social learning in corvids: from whom, when and how?

Professor Thomas Bugnyar, University of Vienna, Austria

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Imitation by animals: how do they do it?

Professor Thomas Zentall, University of Kentucky, USA

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Learning from ghosts: the social learning mechanisms of chimpanzees and children

Dr Lydia Meriel Hopper, Georgia State University, USA

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Exploring developmental continuity between action processing and action imitation

Dr Chi-Tai Huang, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan

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Cultural learning

Professor Malinda Carpenter, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

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Cultural learning

Dr Josep Call, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

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Testing for programme level social learning in monkeys, apes and humans

Dr Deborah M Custance, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

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The cognitive architecture of cultural learning

Dr Francys Subiaul, The George Washington University, USA

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Overview and Future Directions

Panel discussion

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Social learning in humans and non-human animals: theoretical and empirical dissections Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ