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Department of Psychological Sciences: DIVERSITY DAY!
The talk will be held on April 19th from 12:30pm-1:30pm in PSY 301!

Abstract: The complexity and variability of human culture is unmatched by any other species. Humans live in culturally constructed niches filled with artifacts, skills, beliefs, and practices that have been inherited, accumulated, and modified over generations. A causal account of the complexity of human culture must explain its distinguishing characteristics: It is cumulative and highly variable within and across populations. I propose that the psychological adaptations supporting cumulative cultural transmission are universal but are sufficiently flexible to support the acquisition of highly variable behavioral repertoires. I will describe variation in the transmission practices (teaching) and acquisition strategies (imitation) that support cumulative cultural learning in childhood. Examining the flexibility and variation in cultural transmission practices and acquisition strategies provides insight into the psychological foundations of cumulative cultural transmission—the cornerstone of human cultural diversity. 

Babetta Mathai


Psychological Sciences

Event Information
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Event Date: 4/19/2019

Psychological Sciences Building, Room 301