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Regulatory Traits in Cultural Evolution
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution.
Honors Academy and Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College, New York, US.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology, Ethology.
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of WiVACE 2012, Università degli Studi di Parma , 2012, 1-9 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We call \regulatory traits" those cultural traits that aretransmitted through cultural interactions and, at the same time, changeindividual behaviors directly inuencing the outcome of future culturalinteractions. The cultural dynamics of some of those traits are studiedthrough simple simulations. In particular, we consider the cultural evolu-tion of traits determining the propensity to copy, the number of potentialdemonstrators from whom one individual may copy, and conformist ver-sus anti{conformist attitudes. Our results show that regulatory traitsgenerate peculiar dynamics that may explain complex human culturalphenomena. We discuss how the existence and importance of regulatorytraits in cultural evolution impact on the analogy between genetic andcultural evolution and therefore on the possibility of using evolutionarybiology{inspired models to study human cultural dynamics.

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Università degli Studi di Parma , 2012. 1-9 p.
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cultural evolution, cultural transmission, social learning, genetic evolution, openness, conformism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81868OAI: diva2:564163
Workshop Italiano di Vita Artificiale e Computazione Evolutiva : Vita Artificiale, Evoluzione e Complessità. Parma, 20-21 febbraio 2012 : WIVACE 2012
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