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Imitation, emulation and the transmission of culture (commentary on S Hurley)

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Three related issues are addressed. First, Hurley treats emulation and imitation as a straightforward dichotomy with emulation emerging first. Recent conceptual analyses and "ghost" chimpanzee experiments challenge this. Second, other recent chimpanzee experiments reveal high-fidelity social transmission, questioning whether copying fidelity is the brake on cumulative culture. Finally, other cognitive processes such as pretence need to be integrated.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-40
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume31
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Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

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  • CHIMPANZEES, REPRESENTATION, TRADITIONS, CHILDREN

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