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The active role played by human learners is key to understanding the efficacy of teaching in humans

  • Samuel Ronfard (a1) and Paul L. Harris (a1)


The early developing capacity of human learners to seek out reliable informants, initiate pedagogical episodes, and monitor and redirect ongoing instruction is critical to understanding humans' remarkable capacity for cumulative culture.



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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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