Human Cumulative Culture

The cumulative nature of human culture is unique in the animal kingdom. The ability of human populations to develop ever-more efficient tools and technologies allowed humanity to spread across the globe and shaped our evolution. The Cultural Minds project is examining the cognitive processes that enable cumulative cultural evolution using experiments with adults, typically-developing children and children with autism.

The Cultural Minds team in Cornwall:

Alex Thornton
Amanda Lucas
Emma Davey
We are members of Exeter’s Human Biological and Cultural Evolution Group

Our collaborators:

Francesca Happe
Christine Caldwell

Cultural Minds Website

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The project is funded by the ESRC.
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News
  • We are advertising 2 new PhD positions on social bonding (NERC)

    and social learning (BBSRC)
     

    Cooperative breeding doesn’t make you smarter. New paper open access in Journal of Zoology

     

    New TREE paper: The evolution of individual and cultural variation in social learning


    New paper on human cumulative culture in Scientific Reports

     

    Jackdaws recognise human faces! Gabrielle’s new paper is out. See coverage on ITV and BBC

     

    New ESRC grant! Cognitive Requirements of Cumulative Culture: Expts with Typically Developing and Autistic People. Collaborating with Christine Caldwell & Francesca Happé
     

    New paper with Oxford collaborators in Nature: cultural conformity in great tits
     

    Enormous congratulations to Gabrielle who passed her PhD viva. Well done Dr Davidson!
     

    Comparative cognition can help conservation: read Alison’s new paper in TREE
     

     

    Coverage of Gabrielle’s Biology Letters paper in the press and on YouTube
     

     

    Gabrielle has a new paper accepted in Biology Letters! 

     

    Gabrielle’s gaze sensitivity review is out!

     

     

    Took part in our survey about corvids in your garden? Click here to see preliminary results.

    New publications: 

    - Comparative cognition for conservationists. Trends Ecol. Evol.

    - Towards wild psychometrics. Behav. Ecol.

    - How and why are some animals so smart?. Behav. Ecol.

    - Jackdaw nestlings can discriminate between conspecific calls but do not beg specifically to their parents. Behav. Ecol.

    – Salient eyes deter conspecific nest intruders in wild jackdaws (Corvus monedula). Biol. Lett.

    – Gaze sensitivity: function and mechanisms from sensory and cognitive perspectives. Anim. Behav.

    – Heterogeneous structure in mixed-species corvid flocks in flight. Anim. Behav.

    Animal Minds: Phil. Trans. issueAnimal Minds e1345931827281 Human Cumulative Culture

    -Identification of learning mechanisms in a wild meerkat population. PloS ONE

    – Innovative problem-solving in wild meerkats. Anim. Behav.

    – How do banded mongooses locate and select anvils for cracking encased food items? Behav. Proc.

    – Teaching can teach us a lot. Anim. Behav.

    – Cooperation and punishment in nature. TREE

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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