ALPHEN Jacques J. M. van

  • Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Univ. Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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2017-01-18
Associative Mechanisms Allow for Social Learning and Cultural Transmission of String Pulling in an Insect
Alem S, Perry CJ, Zhu X, Loukola OJ, Ingraham T, Søvik E, Chittka L
http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002564

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Culture in Bumblebees

This is an original paper [1] addressing the question whether cultural transmission occurs in insects and studying the mechanisms of such transmission. Often, culture-like phenomena require relatively sophisticated learning mechanisms, for example imitation and/or teaching. In insects, seemingly complex processes of social information acquisition, can sometimes instead be mediated by relatively simple learning mechanisms suggesting that cultural processes may not necessarily require sophisticate...

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