Two new studies in monkeys and whales take the work further, showing how new cultural traditions can be formed and how conformity might help a species survive and prosper. The findings may also help researchers distinguish the differences between animal and human cultures. >>Read More
Post: April 25, 2013 2:40 pm, Source: Science Magazine
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Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture. >>Read More
Post: March 1, 2013 2:25 pm, Source: Pacific Standard
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It’s not direct evidence that life was shaped natural selection. But it is evidence of a fact that underpins Darwin’s theory, a fact that some people find hard to believe. >>Read More
Post: February 14, 2013 11:25 am, Source: TVOL
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If folk tales simply spread by diffusion, like ink blots in paper, one would expect to see smooth gradients in these variations as a function of distance. Instead, researchers found that language differences between cultures create significant barriers to that diffusion.
Post: February 5, 2013 7:36 pm, Source: Nature
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Chimpanzees can learn to use tools more efficiently by watching how others use them, new research suggests. The findings help illuminate ways that culture could evolve in nonhuman animals. >>Read More
Post: January 31, 2013 7:50 pm, Source: LiveScience
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The birds sing distinctly different songs today than did their ancestors 30 years ago – changes passed along generation to generation, according to a new study of more than three decades' worth of sparrow recordings by University of Guelph researchers.
Post: January 30, 2013 11:02 am, Source: University of Guelph
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Rhesus macaques who had large, strong networks tended to be descendants of similarly social macaques, according to a Duke University team of researchers. And their ability to recognize relationships and play nice with others also won them more reproductive success.
Post: January 9, 2013 5:36 pm, Source: Duke Today
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