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Trends Cogn Sci. 2011 Feb;15(2):68-76. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2010.12.002. Epub 2011 Jan 6.

Cognitive culture: theoretical and empirical insights into social learning strategies.

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Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St. Andrews, Bute Medical Building, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK.


Research into social learning (learning from others) has expanded significantly in recent years, not least because of productive interactions between theoretical and empirical approaches. This has been coupled with a new emphasis on learning strategies, which places social learning within a cognitive decision-making framework. Understanding when, how and why individuals learn from others is a significant challenge, but one that is critical to numerous fields in multiple academic disciplines, including the study of social cognition.

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