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Teaching can teach us a lot

Authors
Journal
Animal Behaviour
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Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
83
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.01.029
Keywords
  • Cognitive Mechanism
  • Cooperation
  • Culture
  • Evolution
  • Functional Definition
  • Social Learning
  • Teaching
Disciplines
  • Education

Abstract

Highlights ► We respond to Byrne & Rapaport’s Commentary (2011, Animal Behaviour, 82, 1207–1211). ► The functional definition of teaching does not hinder understanding of human teaching. ► The definition helps us detect teaching, allowing tests of the cognitive mechanisms. ► Within-subjects analyses can identify cases where teachers assist slow learners. ► Domain-general mechanisms of human teaching can be studied in nonteaching species.

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