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Title: Understanding culture across species
Contributor(s): Byrne, R (author); Barnard, PJ (author); Davidson, Iain (author)orcid ; Janik, VM (author); McGrew, WC (author); Miklosi, A (author); Wiessner, P (author)
Publication Date: 2004
DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2004.06.002
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Abstract: Recent claims of culture in great apes have provoked fervent argument about the 'true' definition of culture, most of which has been unhelpful. Instead, a range of definitions should be used to explore different aspects of the cognitive processes that together result in human culture, many of which can be productively studied in non-humans. A richer cognitive account of the contents of culture needs to be developed and used to compare animal and human cultures, instead of sterile searching for a cognitive Rubicon between them. Exploring six views of culture, this article highlights the fundamental contrast of whether culture evolves as a by-product of cumulative change in cognitive mechanisms, or whether it is actively selected for its advantages.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Trends in Cognitive Science, 8(8), p. 341-346
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1364-6613
Field of Research (FOR): 170103 Educational Psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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