A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Hunter-Gatherer Social Learning

Social Learning and Innovation in Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers Springer Japan Published In Pages: 19-34
By Garfield, Zachary H., Garfield, Melissa J., Hewlett, Barry S.


Social scientists are equivocal as to the importance of teaching (as contrasted with other forms of learning) in traditional societies. While many cultural anthropologists have downplayed the importance of teaching, cognitive psychologists often argue that teaching is a salient human universal. Here the authors investigate cultural transmission among 23 hunter-gatherer populations to explore the relative importance of teaching among foragers.


Results are largely exploratory.


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