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Mammalian Social Learning : Comparative and Ecological Perspectives - Hilary O. Box

Mammalian Social Learning

Comparative and Ecological Perspectives

By: Hilary O. Box (Editor), Kathleen R. Gibson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th May 2016
ISBN: 9780521632638
Number Of Pages: 442

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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, for the first time discussion is included of the social learning abilities of prehistoric hominids.

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'... this book will broaden your horizons on social learning.' Jean McKinley, Primate Eye

List of contributors
New Perspectives in Studies of Social Learning: EditorsÆ comments
The myth of peculiar primates
New directions in the study of primate learning
Temperament and socially mediated learning among primates
Evolutionary biology of skill and information transfer
Social Learning Among Species of Terrestrial Herbivores: EditorsÆ comments
Social learning in marsupials
The social context for learning and behavioural development among wild African elephants
Comparative social learning among arctic herbivores: the caribou, muskox and arctic hare
Transmission of olfactory information from mother to young in the European rabbit
Social transfer of information in domestic animals
Rats, Bats and Naked Mole-Rats: Animals With Information Centres: EditorsÆ comments
Exploring the dynamics of social transmission with rats
Social influences on foraging in bats
Social transmission of information in a eusocial rodent, the naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber)
Social Learning Among Species of Terrestrial Carnivores: EditorsÆ comments
Opportunities for social learning in bears
Watch with mother: a review of social learning in the
Social learning in canids: an ecological perspective
Dolphins and Whales: Communication and Foraging in Aquatic Environments: EditorsÆ comments
Social learning in cetaceans: hunting, hearing and hierarchies
Origins and implications of vocal learning in bottlenose dolphins
The Great Ape-Human Adaptation: Culture and the Cognitive Niche: EditorsÆ comments
Cognition in great ape ecology: skill-learning ability opens up foraging opportunities
Social transmission of facts and skills in the human species: neural mechanisms
Cultural learning in hominids: a behavioural ecological approach
Imitation and cultural change: a view from the Stone Age, with specific reference to the manufacture of handaxes
Concluding Remarks
Social learning and behavioural strategies among mammals
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ISBN: 9780521632638
ISBN-10: 0521632633
Series: Symposia of the Zoological Society of London
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 442
Published: 25th May 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.82