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THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
|Coordinator Country||United Kingdom [UK]|
|Total cost||1˙780˙453 €|
|EC max contribution||1˙780˙453 € (100%)|
1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
|Duration (year-month-day)||from 2015-09-01 to 2020-08-31|
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|1||THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING||UK (STIRLING)||coordinator||1˙780˙453.00|
In human populations, skills and knowledge accumulate over generations, giving rise to behaviours and technologies far more complex than any single individual could achieve alone. This ratchet-like property of human culture appears absent in nonhuman species, as socially transmitted behaviours in animal populations are generally no more complex than those that can be acquired by trial and error. Scientists from a wide range of disciplines have offered high-profile speculative theories about the underlying differences that might be responsible for this striking evolutionary discontinuity, but adequate empirical evidence is still lacking. In the RATCHETCOG project, Dr Caldwell and her team will, for the first time, implement a comprehensive systematic investigation into cumulative cultural evolution, using an experimental method that offers sufficient flexibility to generate valid comparisons across three critical research domains: species differences across the primate family tree; age differences over human development; and learning condition differences in groups of adult human participants. The methods devised for the project will make it possible to both measure and manipulate the complexity of the behaviours learned, thus offering a tool for analysing the extent of ratcheting under different conditions and across different populations. Each of the three research strands provides a vital source of evidence. Studies of nonhuman primates will reveal the limits on learning in these species, and studies with children will provide key opportunities to determine which cognitive abilities predict the development of capacities for cumulative culture. Finally, comparing different learning conditions in groups of adults is critical, as these experiments will allow clear causal conclusions regarding prerequisites and constraints, in relation to task complexity. The project will therefore fully expose the cognitive machinery responsible for the uniqueness of human culture.
|year||authors and title||journal||last update|
Elizabeth Renner, Mark Atkinson, Christine A. Caldwell
Squirrel monkey responses to information from social demonstration and individual exploration using touchscreen and object choice tasks
published pages: e7960, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.7960
Christine A. Caldwell
Using Experimental Research Designs to Explore the Scope of Cumulative Culture in Humans and Other Animals
published pages: , ISSN: 1756-8757, DOI: 10.1111/tops.12391
|Topics in Cognitive Science||2019-09-26|
Christine A. Caldwell, Mark Atkinson, Kirsten H. Blakey, Juliet Dunstone, Donna Kean, Gemma Mackintosh, Elizabeth Renner, Charlotte E. H. Wilks
Experimental assessment of capacities for cumulative culture: Review and evaluation of methods
published pages: , ISSN: 1939-5078, DOI: 10.1002/wcs.1516
|Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science||2019-09-26|
Andrew Whiten, Christine A Caldwell, Alex Mesoudi
Cultural diffusion in humans and other animals
published pages: 15-21, ISSN: 2352-250X, DOI: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.09.002
|Current Opinion in Psychology 8||2019-06-07|
Christine A. Caldwell, Mark Atkinson, Elizabeth Renner
Experimental Approaches to Studying Cumulative Cultural Evolution
published pages: 191-195, ISSN: 0963-7214, DOI: 10.1177/0963721416641049
|Current Directions in Psychological Science 25/3||2019-06-07|
Christine A. Caldwell, Elizabeth Renner, Mark Atkinson
Human Teaching and Cumulative Cultural Evolution
published pages: , ISSN: 1878-5158, DOI: 10.1007/s13164-017-0346-3
|Review of Philosophy and Psychology||2019-06-07|
Christine A. Caldwell, Hannah Cornish, Anne Kandler
Identifying innovation in laboratory studies of cultural evolution: rates of retention and measures of adaptation
published pages: 20150193, ISSN: 0962-8436, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0193
|Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 371/1690||2019-06-07|
Juliet Dunstone, Christine A. Caldwell
Cumulative culture and explicit metacognition: a review of theories, evidence and key predictions
published pages: , ISSN: 2055-1045, DOI: 10.1057/s41599-018-0200-y
|Palgrave Communications 4/1||2019-04-18|
Nicolas Fay, Naomi De Kleine, Bradley Walker, Christine A. Caldwell
Increasing population size can inhibit cumulative cultural evolution
published pages: 201811413, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1811413116
|Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences||2019-04-18|
Charlotte Elizabeth Holmes Wilks, Kirsten H. Blakey
In the jungle of cultural complexity
published pages: , ISSN: 1060-1538, DOI: 10.1002/evan.21724
|Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews||2019-04-14|
Elizabeth Renner, Jessica P. White, Antonia F. de C. Hamilton, Francys Subiaul
Neural responses when learning spatial and object sequencing tasks via imitation
published pages: e0201619, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201619
|PLOS ONE 13/8||2019-05-29|
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