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Social learning, culture and the ‘socio-cultural brain’ of human and non-human primates. / Whiten, Andrew; van de Waal, Erica.

In: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Vol. 82, 11.2017, p. 58-75.

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Whiten, A & van de Waal, E 2017, 'Social learning, culture and the ‘socio-cultural brain’ of human and non-human primates' Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 82, pp. 58-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.12.018

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Whiten, A., & van de Waal, E. (2017). Social learning, culture and the ‘socio-cultural brain’ of human and non-human primates. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 82, 58-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.12.018

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Whiten A, van de Waal E. Social learning, culture and the ‘socio-cultural brain’ of human and non-human primates. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 2017 Nov;82:58-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.12.018

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Whiten, Andrew ; van de Waal, Erica. / Social learning, culture and the ‘socio-cultural brain’ of human and non-human primates. In: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 2017 ; Vol. 82. pp. 58-75.

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