'How redundant copying can help explain the stability of cumulative culture'

Frankland 309b
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Tuesday 1st March 2016 (13:30-14:30)
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Part of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience and Development Group Seminar Series

Speaker: Claudio Tennie, University of Birmingham

Abstract: Culture consists of socially learned behaviour. Cumulative culture goes one step further, in building upon socially learned behaviour. In order for this to happen, there need to be mechanisms in place that allow for high fidelity transmission of behaviours (without this, there would not be preservation of behaviour, and thus no possibility to build upon the original behaviour). Here I present a new model in which we put forward a novel mechanism of high fidelity social learning: the simultaneous copying of not only one, but several types of information at once. This mechanism allows for error correction "on the fly", and thus enables extreme levels of high fidelity in transmission.