Social Learning in Humans and Nonhuman Animals: Theoretical and Empirical Dissections

Mark Nielsen, Francys Subiaul, Bennett Galef, Thomas Zentall, David Andrew Whiten

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The past decade has seen a resurgent, concerted interest in social learning research comparing human and nonhuman animals. In this special issue, we present a synthesis of work that consolidates what is currently known and provides a platform for future research. Consequently, we include both new empirical studies and novel theoretical proposals describing work with both human children and adults and a range of nonhuman animals. In this introduction, we describe the background of this special issue and provide a context for each of the eight articles it contains. We hope such introduction will not only help the reader synthesize the interdisciplinary views that characterize this broad field, but also stimulate development of new methods, concepts, and data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-113
JournalJournal of Comparative Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2012


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