When natural selection favors imitation of parents

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Anthropology
Creator McElreath, Richard
Other Author Strimling, Pontus
Title When natural selection favors imitation of parents
Date 2008
Description It is commonly assumed that parents are important sources of socially learned behavior and beliefs. However, the empirical evidence that parents are cultural models is ambiguous, and debates continue over their importance. A formal theory that examines the evolution of psychological tendencies to imitate parents (vertical transmission) and to imitate nonparent adults (oblique transmission) in stochastic fluctuating environments points to forces that sometimes make vertical transmission adaptive, but oblique transmission recovers more quickly from rapid environmental change.
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Volume 49
Issue 2
First Page 307
Last Page 316
Subject Transmission; Evolution; Culture
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation McElreath, R., & Strimling, P. (2008). When natural selection favors imitation of parents. Current Anthropology, 49(2), 307-16.
Rights Management (c) University of Chicago Press http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
ID 705743
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64j0zkg
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