Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cognitive Ecology II$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Reuven Dukas and John M. Ratcliffe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226169354

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226169378.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 29 March 2020

Adaptive Trade-offs in the Use of Social and Personal Information

Adaptive Trade-offs in the Use of Social and Personal Information

Chapter:
(p.249) 13 Adaptive Trade-offs in the Use of Social and Personal Information
Source:
Cognitive Ecology II
Author(s):
Rachel L. Kendal, Isabelle Coolen, Kevin N. Laland
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226169378.003.0013

This chapter reviews the current knowledge on social learning. From humans' biased perspective, social learning is a basic way of life. Most animals do not rely on social learning, whereas some species use it only conditionally. The authors organize their discussion around the two key questions of when individuals should rely on social learning and whom they should learn from. Individual characteristics of observers, favoring the overriding of social learning strategies and the continued acquisition of personal information, may be influential in determining the innovatory capacities of individuals. It is hoped that consideration of the trade-offs inherent in the adaptive use of social and asocial learning will contribute to an increased understanding of the observed pattern of social learning and behavioral traditions in the animal kingdom, especially as the use of social information may lead to cultural evolution, which may in turn affect biological evolution.

Keywords:   social learning, acquisition, trade-offs, asocial learning, behavioral traditions

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.