Prof Andrew Whiten:
Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology and Wardlaw Professor of Psychology
Prof Andrew Whiten
Psychology, St Mary's College
University of St Andrews
tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2073
Social Learning and Evolution
Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolution
School of Psychology and Neuroscience
Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences
IBANS Animal Cognition
The Sir John Templeton Foundation
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Recent and current research interests focus on social learning, traditions and culture. To elucidate the evolution of these phenomena I study and compare human and non-human primates, especially our closest living relatives, chimpanzees. Studies include both large scale surveys of behaviour in the wild and behavioural experiments with children and non-human primates. The latter studies include the first ones that track the diffusion of behavioural techniques experimentally introduced into existing groups. Development of social learning capacities is studied in children and juvenile non-human primates.
Principal current interests include comparative and evolutionary studies of a cluster of topics centred around social learning, tradition and culture in humans (principally children) and non-human animals, studied both in the wild and in captivity. Experimental techniques have been developed to study cultural transmission in ‘diffusion’ studies, and also to uncover the underlying social learning mechanisms.
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