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The development of human social learning across seven societies

van Leeuwen, Edwin J. C. ; Cohen, Emma ; Collier-Baker, Emma ; Rapold, Christian J. ; Schäfer, Marie ; Schütte, Sebastian ; Haun, Daniel B. M.



Abstract

Social information use is a pivotal characteristic of the human species. Avoiding the cost of individual exploration, social learning confers substantial fitness benefits under a wide variety of environmental conditions, especially when the process is governed by biases toward relative superiority (e.g., experts, the majority). Here, we examine the development of social information use in ...

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