The Biology of Traditions: Models and Evidence

The Biology of Traditions: Models and Evidence

by Dorothy M. Fragaszy, Susan Perry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521087309

ISBN-13: 9780521087308

Pub. Date: 12/11/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In exploring socially-maintained behavioral traditions in animals other than humans, this study treats traditions as biological phenomena amenable to comparative evaluation in the same way as other biological phenomena. Concerned with how widely shared features of social life and learning abilities can lead to traditions in many species, it differs from other books in…  See more details below

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In exploring socially-maintained behavioral traditions in animals other than humans, this study treats traditions as biological phenomena amenable to comparative evaluation in the same way as other biological phenomena. Concerned with how widely shared features of social life and learning abilities can lead to traditions in many species, it differs from other books in its emphasis on explicit evaluation of alternative theories and methods, and in the breadth of species covered. It is essential reading for students and researchers in animal behavior, anthropology and psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521087308
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/11/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
1Towards a biology of traditions1
2What the models say about social learning33
3Relative brain size and the distribution of innovation and social learning across the nonhuman primates56
4Social learning about food in birds94
5The cue reliability approach to social transmission: designing tests for adaptive traditions127
6"Traditional" foraging behaviors of brown and black rats (Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus)159
7Food for thought: social learning about food in feeding capuchin monkeys187
8Traditions in mammalian and avian vocal communication213
9Like mother, like calf: the ontogeny of foraging traditions in wild Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.)236
10Biological and ecological foundations of primate behavioral tradition267
11Local traditions in orangutans and chimpanzees: social learning and social tolerance297
12Developmental perspectives on great ape traditions329
13Do brown capuchins socially learn foraging skills?365
14Traditions in wild white-faced capuchin monkeys
15Conclusions and research agendas426
Further reading441
Index445

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