Social learning in humans and nonhuman animals: theoretical and empirical dissections.


Journal Article

The past decade has seen a resurgent, concerted interest in social learning research comparing human and nonhuman animals. In this special issue, we present a synthesis of work that consolidates what is currently known and provides a platform for future research. Consequently, we include both new empirical studies and novel theoretical proposals describing work with both human children and adults and a range of nonhuman animals. In this introduction, we describe the background of this special issue and provide a context for each of the eight articles it contains. We hope such introduction will not only help the reader synthesize the interdisciplinary views that characterize this broad field, but also stimulate development of new methods, concepts, and data.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nielsen, M; Subiaul, F; Galef, B; Zentall, T; Whiten, A

Published Date

  • May 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 126 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 109 - 113

PubMed ID

  • 22612372

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22612372

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-2087

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0735-7036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/a0027758


  • eng