Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
×
Home

Cultural variant interaction in teaching and transmission

  • Marshall Abrams (a1)

Abstract

Focus on the way in which cultural variants affect other variants' probabilities of transmission in modeling and empirical work can enrich Kline's conceptualization of teaching. For example, the problem of communicating complex cumulative culture is an adaptive problem; teaching methods that manage transmission so that acquisition of some cultural variants increases the probability of acquiring others, provide a partial solution.

Copyright

References

Hide All
Abrams, M. (2013) A moderate role for cognitive models in agent-based modeling of cultural change. Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling 1(16):133. Available at: http://www.casmodeling.com/content/1/1/16.
Abrams, M. (forthcoming) Coherence, Muller's ratchet, and the maintenance of culture. Philosophy of Science.
Atran, S. & Medin, D. L. (2008) The native mind and the cultural construction of nature. MIT Press.
Boyd, R. & Richerson, P. J. (1985) Culture and the evolutionary process. University of Chicago.
Boyd, R. & Richerson, P. J. (1987) The evolution of ethnic markers. Cultural Anthropology 2(1):6579.
Boyd, R. & Richerson, P. J. (2005) The origin and evolution of cultures. Oxford University Press.
Boyd, R., Richerson, P. J. & Henrich, J. (2011) The cultural niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation. [Colloquium Paper]. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 108(Suppl. 2):10918–25. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1100290108.
Bransford, J. & National Research Council (U.S.) (2000) How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. National Academy Press.
Castro, L. & Toro, M. A. (2014) Cumulative cultural evolution: The role of teaching. Journal of Theoretical Biology 347(C):7483. doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2014.01.006.
Cavalli-Sforza, L. L. & Feldman, M. W. (1981) Cultural transmission and evolution: A quantitative approach. Princeton University Press.
Dehghani, M., Sachdeva, S., Ekhtiari, H., Gentner, D. & Forbus, K. (2009) The role of cultural narratives in moral decision making. In: Proceedings of the 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. ed., Taatgen, N.A. and van Rijn, H., pp. 1912–17. Cognitive Science Society. Available at: http://csjarchive.cogsci.rpi.edu/Proceedings/2009/papers/397/index.html.
Descola, P. (1994) In the society of nature: A native ecology in Amazonia, trans. Scott, N.. Editions de la Maison des Sciences de L'Homme and Cambridge University Press.
Enquist, M., Strimling, P., Eriksson, K., Laland, K. & Sjostrand, J. (2010) One cultural parent makes no culture. Animal Behaviour 79:1353–62.
Fogarty, L., Strimling, P. & Laland, K. N. (2011) The evolution of teaching. Evolution 65(10):2760–70. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01370.x.
Gentner, D., Holyoak, K. J. & Kokinov, B. N., eds. (2001) The analogical mind: Perspectives from cognitive science. MIT Press.
Henrich, J. & Broesch, J. (2011) On the nature of cultural transmission networks: Evidence from Fijian villages for adaptive learning biases. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 336:1139–48.
Henrich, J. & McElreath, R. (2003) The evolution of cultural evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology Issues News and Reviews 12(3):123–35. doi:10.1002/(ISSN)1520-6505.
Hofstadter, D. R. & Sander, E. (2013) Surfaces and essences: Analogy as the fuel and fire of thinking. Basic Books.
Holyoak, K. J. & Thagard, P. (1995) Mental leaps: Analogy in creative thought. MIT Press.
Kashima, Y. (2000) Maintaining cultural stereotypes in the serial reproduction of narratives. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 26(5):594604.
McElreath, R., Boyd, R. & Richerson, P. J. (2003) Shared norms and the evolution of ethnic markers. Current Anthropology 44(1):122–29.
Mesoudi, A. & O'Brien, M. J. (2008) The learning and transmission of hierarchical cultural recipes. Biological Theory 3(1):6372.
Mesoudi, A. & Whiten, A. (2004) The hierarchical transformation of event knowledge in human cultural transmission. Journal of Cognition and Culture 4(1):124.
Richerson, P. J., Boyd, R., Borgerhoff-Mulder, M. & Durham, W. H. (1997) Are cultural phylogenies possible? In: Human nature, between biology and the social sciences, ed. Weingart, P., Richerson, P. J., Mitchell, S. D. & Maasen, S., pp. 355–86. Erlbaum.
Smelser, N. J. (1993) Culture: Coherent or incoherent. In: Theory of culture, ed. Munch, R. & Smelser, N. J., Ch. 1, pp. 328. University of California Press. Available at: http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft8q2nb667.
Sperber, D. (1996) Explaining culture: A naturalistic approach. Blackwell.
Sperber, D. & Wilson, D. (1995) Relevance: Communication and cognition, 2nd edition. Blackwell.
Sterelny, K. (2012) The evolved apprentice. How evolution made humans unique. MIT Press.
Tehrani, J. J. & Collard, M. (2009) On the relationship between interindividual cultural transmission and population-level cultural diversity: A case study of weaving in Iranian tribal populations. Evolution and Human Behavior 30(4):286300.
Thagard, P. (2012) Mapping minds across cultures. In: Grounding social sciences in cognitive sciences, ed. Sun, R., Ch. 2, pp. 3562. MIT Press.
Thibodeau, P. H. & Boroditsky, L. (2013) Natural language metaphors covertly influence reasoning. PLoS ONE 8(1):e52961. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0052961.
Wimsatt, W. C. (2014) Entrenchment and scaffolding: An architecture for a theory of cultural change. In: Developing scaffolds in evolution, culture, and cognition, ed. Caporael, L. R., Griesemer, J. R. & Wimsatt, W. C., pp. 77105. MIT Press.
Wimsatt, W. C. & Griesemer, J. R. (2007) Reproducing entrenchments to scaffold culture: The central role of development in cultural evolution. In: Integrating evolution and development, ed. Sansom, R. & Brandon, R. N., Ch. 7, pp. 227323. MIT Press.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed