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Social Learning: An Introduction to Mechanisms, Methods, and Models Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0691150703
ISBN-10: 0691150702
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"The pragmatic approach makes the book a great starting point for researchers who wish to plan a study or to look for ways to analyze data. Students will find it accessible, and the analytical tools can be used by anyone having a basic understanding of statistical methods. . . . Hoppitt and Laland's accessible writing and the book's clear graphics support its effectiveness. We predict a long and useful life for this welcome volume."--Dorothy Fragaszy and Yonat Eshchar, Science

"This excellent volume provides a thorough introduction to research and issues in this field, and also serves as a handbook of methods and techniques for studying social learning. . . . Detailed tables and figures throughout add to the volume's usefulness. A valuable introductory resource for students and an essential handbook for investigators."--Choice

"[R]eaders will find food for thought in this book especially in the ninth chapter, Modeling Social Learning and Culture, which begins by operationalizing culture and establishing parallels between biological and cultural evolution. A complete theoretical approach to social learning and culture is then introduced and the modeling methods are described. I highly recommended this chapter to researchers . . . and I also encourage them to take a look at the whole textbook."--Francesc S. Beltran, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

"Social Learning provides the first compelling synthesis of the social-learning literature and is of value not only to newcomers seeking an introduction to a complex, multidisciplinary field, but also to established researchers looking for challenging views on familiar topics. A copy should not only be on the bookshelf of but also read by anyone interested in the study of social learning."--Bennett G. Galef, Quarterly Review of Biology

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"The recent explosion of theoretical developments and methodologies in the study of social learning and the evolution of culture has resulted in a daunting accumulation of new terms, definitions, and analytical techniques. Hoppitt and Laland, both leaders in this field, have taken up the challenge of integrating all of this information from multiple disciplines into a single volume, designed to aid researchers and students in evaluating and advancing the current state of the field."--Susan Perry, coeditor of The Biology of Traditions

"Hoppitt and Laland's book provides a coherent synthesis that is long overdue. Comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible, Social Learning is a must-read for students embarking on a social learning research project and for anyone seeking mastery of the subject, from historical considerations to strategic models of social information use."--Luc-Alain Giraldeau, coauthor of Social Foraging Theory

"This book is a very valuable contribution to the field of social learning. I applaud Hoppitt and Laland for compiling such a wealth of information. Social Learning promises to become a standard reference work."--Stefano Ghirlanda, coauthor of Neural Networks and Animal Behavior

"This excellent book provides a comprehensive overview of the methods and concepts used in social learning research, and also represents a rich source of information about many of the empirical findings available in the literature. It will be useful to both specialists and nonspecialists interested in social learning. I know of no other book like this."--Josep Call, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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  • File Size: 3351 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (July 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 21, 2013
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8W7LU4
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Gintis on February 18, 2014
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Most of the information available to an animal that will be used to survive and thrive in a complex environment is transmitted from parent to offspring genetically. Some, however, is transmitted epigenetically through teaching, and some is acquired through the animals personal interactions with nature, other animals, and conspecifics. The latter two forms of information acquisition are called social learning. This volume is a highly sophisticated yet clear hands-on manual of what one needs to know to do professional level research in social learning. It is also recommended for the interest non-professional reader who wants to understand what social learning really is, by contrast with the often overly-simplified representations in the popular press.
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