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Social Learning: An Introduction to Mechanisms, Methods, and Models

William Hoppitt and Kevin N. Laland


Many animals, including humans, acquire valuable skills and knowledge by copying others. Scientists refer to this as social learning. It is one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of behavioral research and sits at the interface of many academic disciplines, including biology, experimental psychology, economics, and cognitive neuroscience. This book provides a comprehensive, practical guide to the research methods of this important emerging field. It defines the mechanisms thought to underlie social learning and demonstrate how to distinguish them experimentally in the laboratory ... More

Keywords: social learning, behavioral research, cultural evolution, statistical modeling, behavior, research methods, social learning strategies, mathematical methods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691150703
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Hoppitt, author
University of St. Andrews

Kevin N. Laland, author
University of St. Andrews