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Regulatory Traits in Cultural Evolution
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Cultural Evolution.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Cultural Evolution. Brooklyn College, US.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Cultural Evolution. Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology, Ethology.
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of WiVACE 2012, 2012, p. 1-9Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We call "regulatory traits" those cultural traits that are transmitted through cultural interactions and, at the same time, change individual behaviors directly influencing the outcome of future cultural interactions. The cultural dynamics of some of those traits are studied through simple simulations. In particular, we consider the cultural evolution of traits determining the propensity to copy, the number of potential demonstrators from whom one individual may copy, and conformist versus anti conformist attitudes. Our results show that regulatory traits generate peculiar dynamics that may explain complex human cultural phenomena. We discuss how the existence and importance of regulatory traits in cultural evolution impact on the analogy between genetic and cultural evolution and therefore on the possibility of using evolutionary biology inspired models to study human cultural dynamics.

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2012. p. 1-9
Keywords [en]
cultural evolution, cultural transmission, social learning, genetic evolution, openness, conformism
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Evolutionary Biology Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81868OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-81868DiVA, id: diva2:564163
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WIVACE 2012, Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation, Artificial Life, Evolution and Complexity, Parma, Italy, 20-21 February, 2012
Available from: 2012-11-01 Created: 2012-11-01 Last updated: 2018-11-13Bibliographically approved

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