Imitation and innovation: the dual engines of cultural learning

Legare, Cristine H. and Nielsen, Mark (2015) Imitation and innovation: the dual engines of cultural learning. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19 11: 688-699. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2015.08.005


Author Legare, Cristine H.
Nielsen, Mark
Title Imitation and innovation: the dual engines of cultural learning
Journal name Trends in Cognitive Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-6613
1879-307X
Publication date 2015-11
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.tics.2015.08.005
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 11
Start page 688
End page 699
Total pages 12
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd. * Trends Journals
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Imitation and innovation work in tandem to support cultural learning in children and facilitate our capacity for cumulative culture. Here we propose an integrated theoretical account of how the unique demands of acquiring instrumental skills and cultural conventions provide insight into when children imitate, when they innovate, and to what degree. For instrumental learning, with an increase in experience, high fidelity imitation decreases and innovation increases. By contrast, for conventional learning, imitative fidelity stays high, regardless of experience, and innovation stays low. We synthesize cutting edge research on the development of imitative flexibility and innovation to provide insight into the social learning mechanisms underpinning the uniquely human mind.
Keyword Cultural learning
Cumulative culture
Imitation
Innovation
Overimitation
Ritual
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
School of Psychology Publications
 
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