Friday 1 September 2006

6 chimps play chinese whispers

In a paper published online in PNAS (early edition), Horner, Whiten, Flynn and De Waal report how chimpanzees faithfully transmit new skills to their peers, who transmit them to others, and so on. A particular gesture can be preserved for 6 cultural "generations".


Modularity in Psychological Review

A new paper on modularity has been published in Psych Rev. This theoretical paper fiercely (and nicely) defends the notion of modularity against a set of repeated attacks from different corners. Since modularity is a central aspect of (at least one of) the attemps to bridge evolution, culture and cognition, it's good news for us that such a paper has been published in the most notorious psychology journal.


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