Symposia of the Zoological Society of London: Mammalian Social Learning: Comparative and Ecological Perspectives Series Number 72 (Hardback)
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Symposia of the Zoological Society of London: Mammalian Social Learning: Comparative and Ecological Perspectives Series Number 72 (Hardback)

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Hardback 442 Pages / Published: 07/10/1999
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Social learning commonly refers to the social transfer of information and skill among individuals. It encompasses a wide range of behaviours that include where and how to obtain food, how to interact with members of one's own social group, and to identify and respond appropriately to predators. The behaviour of experienced individuals provides natural sources of information, by which inexperienced individuals may learn about the opportunities and hazards of their environment, and develop and modify their own behaviour as a result. A wide diversity of species is discussed in this book, some of which have never been discussed in this context before, and particular reference is made to their natural life strategies. Social learning in humans is also considered by comparison with other mammals, especially in their technological and craft traditions. Moreover, a discussion is included of the social learning abilities of prehistoric hominids.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521632638
Number of pages: 442
Weight: 820 g
Dimensions: 236 x 159 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... this book will broaden your horizons on social learning.' Jean McKinley, Primate Eye
"This useful volume should give impetus to studies of social learning in mammals both large and small." Bulletin of the Canadian Society of Zoologists
"Many of thie field studies represnt good old-fashioned, detailed and scholarly naturalism, and finish with predictions of the effect of distinctive ecologies on social learning...This is an evocative book..." Ethology

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