cultural evolution

Summary

Summary: The continuous developmental process of a culture from simple to complex forms and from homogeneous to heterogeneous qualities.

Top Publications

  1. pmc Did farming arise from a misapplication of social intelligence?
    Steven Mithen
    School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 227, Reading RG6 6AB, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 362:705-18. 2007
  2. ncbi Evolved structure of language shows lineage-specific trends in word-order universals
    Michael Dunn
    Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Post Office Box 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    Nature 473:79-82. 2011
  3. ncbi Public information: from nosy neighbors to cultural evolution
    Etienne Danchin
    U P M C CNRS UMR7625, Bât A 7e étage Case 237, 7 quai Saint Bernard, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France
    Science 305:487-91. 2004
  4. pmc Why copy others? Insights from the social learning strategies tournament
    L Rendell
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Queen s Terrace, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Science 328:208-13. 2010
  5. pmc Random drift and culture change
    R Alexander Bentley
    AHRB Centre for the Evolutionary Analysis of Cultural Behaviour, University College London, 31 34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 271:1443-50. 2004
  6. ncbi Phonemic diversity supports a serial founder effect model of language expansion from Africa
    Quentin D Atkinson
    Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
    Science 332:346-9. 2011
  7. ncbi Human language as a culturally transmitted replicator
    Mark Pagel
    School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH, UK
    Nat Rev Genet 10:405-15. 2009
  8. ncbi Late Pleistocene demography and the appearance of modern human behavior
    Adam Powell
    Research Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment, University College London, Wolfson House, 4 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HE, UK
    Science 324:1298-301. 2009
  9. pmc Culture and the evolution of human cooperation
    Robert Boyd
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364:3281-8. 2009
  10. ncbi The hitchhiker's guide to altruism: gene-culture coevolution, and the internalization of norms
    Herbert Gintis
    Santa Fe Institute and Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, 15 Forbes Avenue, Northampton, MA 01060, USA
    J Theor Biol 220:407-18. 2003

Research Grants

  1. GROWTH OF B MALAYI IN MURINE MODELS--ROLE OF NK CELLS
    THIRUCHANDURAI RAJAN; Fiscal Year: 2001
  2. EFFECTS OF PARTNER VIOLENCE VICTIMIZATION IN DRUG USE
    Merrill Singer; Fiscal Year: 2002
  3. TRAINING IN COGNITIVE AND COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE
    Michael Arbib; Fiscal Year: 2002
  4. SYRINGE ACCESS AND HIV RISK
    Merrill Singer; Fiscal Year: 2002
  5. FACTORS AFFECTING GROWTH OF BRUGIA MALAVI IN SCID MICE
    THIRUCHANDURAI RAJAN; Fiscal Year: 2005
  6. Brugia Infections in Mice: Role of Eosinophils
    THIRUCHANDURAI RAJAN; Fiscal Year: 2005
  7. Perceiving-the-present: a general theory of illusions
    Mark Changizi; Fiscal Year: 2006
  8. FACTORS AFFECTING GROWTH OF BRUGIA MALAYI IN SCID MICE
    THIRUCHANDURAI RAJAN; Fiscal Year: 2006
  9. Inequality, social capital and health in Boliva
    William Leonard; Fiscal Year: 2007

Detail Information

Publications232 found, 100 shown here

  1. pmc Did farming arise from a misapplication of social intelligence?
    Steven Mithen
    School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 227, Reading RG6 6AB, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 362:705-18. 2007
    ....
  2. ncbi Evolved structure of language shows lineage-specific trends in word-order universals
    Michael Dunn
    Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Post Office Box 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    Nature 473:79-82. 2011
    ..These findings support the view that-at least with respect to word order-cultural evolution is the primary factor that determines linguistic structure, with the current state of a linguistic system ..
  3. ncbi Public information: from nosy neighbors to cultural evolution
    Etienne Danchin
    U P M C CNRS UMR7625, Bât A 7e étage Case 237, 7 quai Saint Bernard, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France
    Science 305:487-91. 2004
    ..The use of public information is taxonomically widespread and can enhance fitness. Public information can lead to cultural evolution, which we suggest may then affect biological evolution.
  4. pmc Why copy others? Insights from the social learning strategies tournament
    L Rendell
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Queen s Terrace, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Science 328:208-13. 2010
    ..The winning strategy (discountmachine) relied nearly exclusively on social learning and weighted information according to the time since acquisition...
  5. pmc Random drift and culture change
    R Alexander Bentley
    AHRB Centre for the Evolutionary Analysis of Cultural Behaviour, University College London, 31 34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 271:1443-50. 2004
    ..We conclude that cultural and economic choices often reflect a decision process that is value-neutral; this result has far-reaching testable implications for social-science research...
  6. ncbi Phonemic diversity supports a serial founder effect model of language expansion from Africa
    Quentin D Atkinson
    Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
    Science 332:346-9. 2011
    ....
  7. ncbi Human language as a culturally transmitted replicator
    Mark Pagel
    School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH, UK
    Nat Rev Genet 10:405-15. 2009
    ..For many comparative questions of anthropology and human behavioural ecology, historical processes estimated from linguistic phylogenies may be more relevant than those estimated from genes...
  8. ncbi Late Pleistocene demography and the appearance of modern human behavior
    Adam Powell
    Research Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment, University College London, Wolfson House, 4 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HE, UK
    Science 324:1298-301. 2009
    ..Demographic factors can thus explain geographic variation in the timing of the first appearance of modern behavior without invoking increased cognitive capacity...
  9. pmc Culture and the evolution of human cooperation
    Robert Boyd
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364:3281-8. 2009
    ..years or so, people evolved the ability to learn from each other, creating the possibility of cumulative, cultural evolution. Rapid cultural adaptation also leads to persistent differences between local social groups, and then ..
  10. ncbi The hitchhiker's guide to altruism: gene-culture coevolution, and the internalization of norms
    Herbert Gintis
    Santa Fe Institute and Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, 15 Forbes Avenue, Northampton, MA 01060, USA
    J Theor Biol 220:407-18. 2003
    ..A multi-level selection, gene-culture coevolution argument then explains why individually fitness-reducing internal norms are likely to be prosocial as opposed to socially harmful...
  11. ncbi Towards a unified science of cultural evolution
    Alex Mesoudi
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution and School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JP, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Behav Brain Sci 29:329-47; discussion 347-83. 2006
    ..human culture exhibits key Darwinian evolutionary properties, and argue that the structure of a science of cultural evolution should share fundamental features with the structure of the science of biological evolution...
  12. ncbi The coevolution of cultural groups and ingroup favoritism
    Charles Efferson
    Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Blumlisalpstrasse 10, 8006 Zurich, Switzerland
    Science 321:1844-9. 2008
    ..Our results support the prominent evolutionary hypothesis that cultural processes can reshape the selective pressures facing individuals and so favor the evolution of behavioral traits not previously advantaged...
  13. pmc Darwinism and cultural change
    Peter Godfrey-Smith
    Philosophy Program, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367:2160-70. 2012
    ..Close attention to grain of analysis motivates distinctions between three possible modes of cultural evolution, each associated with different empirical assumptions and explanatory roles.
  14. pmc Cultural evolution: implications for understanding the human language faculty and its evolution
    Kenny Smith
    Division of Psychology, Cognition and Communication Research Centre, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:3591-603. 2008
    ..can be explained as a consequence of the evolution of the human biological capacity for language or the cultural evolution of language itself...
  15. pmc On the shape and fabric of human history
    Russell D Gray
    Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 365:3923-33. 2010
    ..These methods are then used to compare the extent to which lexical evolution is tree-like in different parts of the world and to evaluate the coherence of cultural and linguistic lineages...
  16. pmc Variable cultural acquisition costs constrain cumulative cultural evolution
    Alex Mesoudi
    Biological and Experimental Psychology Group, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom
    PLoS ONE 6:e18239. 2011
    ..science and technology that support the possibility that cultural acquisition costs may constrain cumulative cultural evolution. I then present macroscopic and individual-based models of cumulative cultural evolution that explore the ..
  17. pmc The pace of cultural evolution
    Charles Perreault
    Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 7:e45150. 2012
    ..Because it is assumed that cultural evolution occurs faster than biological evolution, humans can adapt to new ecosystems more rapidly than other animals...
  18. pmc The human socio-cognitive niche and its evolutionary origins
    Andrew Whiten
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews KY16 9JU, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367:2119-29. 2012
    ..The principal focus of the present study was to review and integrate this range of recent comparative discoveries...
  19. pmc Cumulative cultural evolution in the laboratory: an experimental approach to the origins of structure in human language
    Simon Kirby
    School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9LL, United Kingdom
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105:10681-6. 2008
    We introduce an experimental paradigm for studying the cumulative cultural evolution of language...
  20. pmc Culture-gene coevolution of individualism-collectivism and the serotonin transporter gene
    Joan Y Chiao
    Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 277:529-37. 2010
    ....
  21. pmc How adoption speed affects the abandonment of cultural tastes
    Jonah Berger
    The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:8146-50. 2009
    ..They also shed light on one factor that may lead cultural tastes to die out...
  22. ncbi Cognitive culture: theoretical and empirical insights into social learning strategies
    Luke Rendell
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Medical Building, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Trends Cogn Sci 15:68-76. 2011
    ..Understanding when, how and why individuals learn from others is a significant challenge, but one that is critical to numerous fields in multiple academic disciplines, including the study of social cognition...
  23. ncbi The competitive advantage of sanctioning institutions
    Ozgür Gürerk
    University of Erfurt, Nordhäuser Strasse 63, 99089 Erfurt, Germany
    Science 312:108-11. 2006
    ..The findings demonstrate the competitive advantage of sanctioning institutions and exemplify the emergence and manifestation of social order driven by institutional selection...
  24. ncbi Social learning mechanisms and cumulative cultural evolution. Is imitation necessary?
    Christine A Caldwell
    Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, United Kingdom
    Psychol Sci 20:1478-83. 2009
    Cumulative cultural evolution has been suggested to account for key cognitive and behavioral attributes that distinguish modern humans from their anatomically similar ancestors, but researchers have yet to establish which cognitive ..
  25. pmc Y-chromosomal evidence of the cultural diffusion of agriculture in Southeast Europe
    Vincenza Battaglia
    Dipartimento di Genetica e Microbiologia, Universita di Pavia, Pavia, Italy
    Eur J Hum Genet 17:820-30. 2009
    ..The ensuing range expansions of E-V13 and I-M423 parallel in space and time the diffusion of Neolithic Impressed Ware, thereby supporting a case of cultural diffusion using genetic evidence...
  26. pmc Review. Theoretical and empirical evidence for the impact of inductive biases on cultural evolution
    Thomas L Griffiths
    Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 1650, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:3503-14. 2008
    The question of how much the outcomes of cultural evolution are shaped by the cognitive capacities of human learners has been explored in several disciplines, including psychology, anthropology and linguistics...
  27. pmc Repeated learning makes cultural evolution unique
    Pontus Strimling
    Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution, Stockholm University, SE 106 09 Stockholm, Sweden
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:13870-4. 2009
    ..Therefore, cultural evolution will be determined not only by cultural traits' ability to spread but also by how good they are at sticking ..
  28. pmc Sociocultural epistasis and cultural exaptation in footbinding, marriage form, and religious practices in early 20th-century Taiwan
    Melissa J Brown
    Department of Anthropology and Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:22139-44. 2009
    ..Here we provide ethnographic evidence of how cultural evolution, at the level of individuals, can be influenced by social evolution...
  29. ncbi Darwinism and the cultural evolution of sports
    Andreas De Block
    Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven, Kardinaal Mercierplein2, B 3000 Leuven, Belgium
    Perspect Biol Med 52:1-16. 2009
    ..for the types of sport that are possible, and pure cultural theories, which describe the mechanism of cultural evolution without referring to sport's biological bases...
  30. ncbi The pre-Natufian Epipaleolithic: long-term behavioral trends in the Levant
    Lisa A Maher
    Environmental Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
    Evol Anthropol 21:69-81. 2012
    ..This paper traces the cultural and biological developments of the EP period leading up to the Natufian and considers the long-term trajectory of culture change, social complexity, and village life in the Near East...
  31. ncbi Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and the question of cumulative culture: an experimental approach
    Sarah Marshall-Pescini
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, KY16 9JU, UK
    Anim Cogn 11:449-56. 2008
    ..in behaviour among non-human species, but human societies additionally display elaborate cumulative cultural evolution, with successive generations building on earlier achievements...
  32. pmc Transmission fidelity is the key to the build-up of cumulative culture
    Hannah M Lewis
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Medical Building, Queen s Terrace, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367:2171-80. 2012
    ..Our findings support the idea that high-fidelity transmission is the key driver of human cumulative culture, and that progress in cumulative culture depends more on trait combination than novel invention or trait modification...
  33. pmc Grist and mills: on the cultural origins of cultural learning
    Cecilia Heyes
    All Souls College and Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367:2181-91. 2012
    Cumulative cultural evolution is what 'makes us odd'; our capacity to learn facts and techniques from others, and to refine them over generations, plays a major role in making human minds and lives radically different from those of other ..
  34. pmc Y chromosome diversity, human expansion, drift, and cultural evolution
    Jacques Chiaroni
    Unité Mixte de Recherche 6578, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, and Etablissement Français du Sang, Biocultural Anthropology, Medical Faculty, Université de Méditerranée, 13916 Marseille, France
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:20174-9. 2009
    ..We suggest that cultural evolution has been subrogating biologic evolution in providing natural selection advantages and reducing our ..
  35. ncbi How cultural evolutionary theory can inform social psychology and vice versa
    Alex Mesoudi
    Biological and Experimental Psychology Group, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom
    Psychol Rev 116:929-52. 2009
    ..Social psychology provides cultural evolution with a set of empirically verified microevolutionary cultural processes, such as conformity, model-based ..
  36. pmc Review. The multiple roles of cultural transmission experiments in understanding human cultural evolution
    Alex Mesoudi
    Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:3489-501. 2008
    ..the 'who, what, when and how' of human cultural transmission, and consequently inform a theory of human cultural evolution. Three methods are discussed...
  37. pmc Twenty thousand-year-old huts at a hunter-gatherer settlement in eastern Jordan
    Lisa A Maher
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 7:e31447. 2012
    ....
  38. pmc Testing for divergent transmission histories among cultural characters: a study using Bayesian phylogenetic methods and Iranian tribal textile data
    Luke J Matthews
    Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 6:e14810. 2011
    ..Here, we show how bayesian phylogenetic analysis can be used to identify incongruent cultural histories. We employ the approach to investigate Iranian tribal textile traditions...
  39. pmc Review. Studying cumulative cultural evolution in the laboratory
    Christine A Caldwell
    Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:3529-39. 2008
    Cumulative cultural evolution is the term given to a particular kind of social learning, which allows for the accumulation of modifications over time, involving a ratchet-like effect where successful modifications are maintained until ..
  40. pmc The cultural evolution of democracy: saltational changes in a political regime landscape
    Patrik Lindenfors
    Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
    PLoS ONE 6:e28270. 2011
    ..We discuss our results in relation to the application of phylogenetic comparative methods in cultural evolution and point out that the evolving unit in this system is the institutional arrangement, not the individual ..
  41. ncbi Surnames and dialects in France: population structure and cultural evolution
    C Scapoli
    Dipartimento di Biologia, Universita di Ferrara, Via L Borsari 46, I 44100 Ferrara, Italy
    J Theor Biol 237:75-86. 2005
    ..Average Fisher's alpha for France was 7877 the highest value observed for the European countries studied to date. The size of alpha in most French towns indicates considerable recent immigration...
  42. pmc The influence of social niche on cultural niche construction: modelling changes in belief about marriage form in Taiwan
    Mikhail Lipatov
    Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366:901-17. 2011
    ..They also indicate the need for future research on the relationship between wealth and cultural variability, the motivational force of cultural versus social factors, and the process of cultural niche construction...
  43. pmc Cultural evolution and perpetuation of arbitrary communicative conventions in experimental microsocieties
    Christine A Caldwell
    Psychology, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom
    PLoS ONE 7:e43807. 2012
    ..This provides critical support for the view that human communicative symbols could have evolved culturally from iconic representations...
  44. pmc Cultural evolution and individual development of openness and conservatism
    Alberto Acerbi
    Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:18931-5. 2009
    We present a model of cultural evolution in which an individual's propensity to engage in social learning is affected by social learning itself...
  45. pmc Social complexity and linguistic diversity in the Austronesian and Bantu population expansions
    Robert S Walker
    Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 278:1399-404. 2011
    ..b>Cultural evolution in both the Bantu and Austronesian cases was not a simple linear process, but more of a wave-like process ..
  46. pmc Mode and tempo in the evolution of socio-political organization: reconciling 'Darwinian' and 'Spencerian' evolutionary approaches in anthropology
    Thomas E Currie
    Evolutionary Cognitive Science Research Centre, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366:1108-17. 2011
    ..More recent studies of cultural evolution have been explicitly informed by Darwinian evolutionary theory and focus on the transmission of cultural ..
  47. ncbi Précis of Evolution in Four Dimensions
    Eva Jablonka
    Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
    Behav Brain Sci 30:353-65; discusssion 365-89. 2007
    ..This is particularly true for understanding the evolution of human behavior, where all four dimensions of heredity have been important...
  48. pmc Is horizontal transmission really a problem for phylogenetic comparative methods? A simulation study using continuous cultural traits
    Thomas E Currie
    Human Evolutionary Ecology Group, Department of Anthropology, University College London, London WC1H 0BW, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 365:3903-12. 2010
    Phylogenetic comparative methods (PCMs) provide a potentially powerful toolkit for testing hypotheses about cultural evolution. Here, we build on previous simulation work to assess the effect horizontal transmission between cultures has ..
  49. pmc Simulating trait evolution for cross-cultural comparison
    Charles L Nunn
    Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Peabody Museum, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 365:3807-19. 2010
    ..Collectively, these studies demonstrate the importance of using simulations to assess the validity of methods in cross-cultural research...
  50. pmc The fitness and functionality of culturally evolved communication systems
    Nicolas Fay
    The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:3553-61. 2008
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  51. ncbi At the boundary between biological and cultural evolution: the origin of surname distributions
    Susanna C Manrubia
    Centro de Astrobiologia, INTA CSIC Ctra de Ajalvir km 4, 28850 Torrejon de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain
    J Theor Biol 216:461-77. 2002
    ..Our results compare favourably to field data for family sizes in several countries. We discuss the relationship between the distribution of surnames and the genetic diversity of a population...
  52. ncbi Orangutan cultures and the evolution of material culture
    Carel P van Schaik
    Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University, Post Office Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708, USA
    Science 299:102-5. 2003
    ..Hence, great-ape cultures exist, and may have done so for at least 14 million years...
  53. ncbi Thoughts on the cultural evolution of man. Developmental imprinting and transgenerational effect
    Gyorgy Csaba
    Department of Genetics, Cell and Immunobiology, Semmelweis University, H 1445 Budapest, POB 370, Hungary csagyor2dgci sote hu
    Riv Biol 100:461-74. 2007
    ..This paper introduces the concept of "conveyed evolution". Being part of the cultural evolution, the conveyed evolution is a continuation of the biological one...
  54. ncbi Perspective: is human cultural evolution Darwinian? Evidence reviewed from the perspective of the Origin of Species
    Alex Mesoudi
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JU, Scotland
    Evolution 58:1-11. 2004
    ..Here we demonstrate that as compelling a case can now be made that cultural evolution has key Darwinian properties, as Darwin himself presented for biological evolution in The Origin of Species...
  55. ncbi Ancient DNA from the first European farmers in 7500-year-old Neolithic sites
    Wolfgang Haak
    Institut für Anthropologie, Johannes Gutenberg Universitat Mainz, Saarstrasse 21, D 55099 Mainz, Germany
    Science 310:1016-8. 2005
    ..2%) of this mtDNA type, revealing that these first Neolithic farmers did not have a strong genetic influence on modern European female lineages. Our finding lends weight to a proposed Paleolithic ancestry for modern Europeans...
  56. pmc Genetic evidence for different male and female roles during cultural transitions in the British Isles
    J F Wilson
    Galton Laboratory, Department of Biology, University College London, Wolfson House, 4 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HE, United Kingdom
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 98:5078-83. 2001
    ..In contrast, patterns of mtDNA and X-chromosome variation indicate that one or more of these pre-Anglo-Saxon cultural revolutions had a major effect on the maternal genetic heritage of the British Isles...
  57. pmc Canoes and cultural evolution
    Stephen Shennan
    Institute of Archaeology, University College London, London WC1H 0PY, United Kingdom
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105:3175-6. 2008
  58. pmc Natural selection and cultural rates of change
    Deborah S Rogers
    Department of Biological Sciences, Gilbert Building, 371 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105:3416-20. 2008
    It has been claimed that a meaningful theory of cultural evolution is not possible because human beliefs and behaviors do not follow predictable patterns...
  59. ncbi Structural phylogenetics and the reconstruction of ancient language history
    Michael Dunn
    Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Post Office Box 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, Netherlands
    Science 309:2072-5. 2005
    ..The most plausible hypothesis to explain this result is the divergence of the Papuan languages from a common ancestral stock, as part of late Pleistocene dispersals...
  60. ncbi Humans have evolved specialized skills of social cognition: the cultural intelligence hypothesis
    Esther Herrmann
    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, D 04103, Germany
    Science 317:1360-6. 2007
    ....
  61. ncbi Compositional syntax from cultural transmission
    Henry Brighton
    Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, Adam Fergusen Building, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LL, UK
    Artif Life 8:25-54. 2002
    ..Our hypothesis is that compositional syntax cannot be explained by understanding the LAD alone: Compositionality is an emergent property of the dynamics resulting from sparse language exposure...
  62. ncbi Evolution. The puzzle of human sociality
    Robert Boyd
    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    Science 314:1555-6. 2006
  63. doi Human evolution. Why we're different: probing the gap between apes and humans
    Michael Balter
    Science 319:404-5. 2008
  64. ncbi Parental selection: a third selection process in the evolution of human hairlessness and skin color
    Judith Rich Harris
    Med Hypotheses 66:1053-9. 2006
    ..Thus, human hairlessness and pale skin could have resulted in part from cultural preferences expressed as decisions made by women immediately after childbirth...
  65. ncbi Costly punishment across human societies
    Joseph Henrich
    Department of Anthropology, Emory University, 1557 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
    Science 312:1767-70. 2006
    ..These findings are consistent with models of the gene-culture coevolution of human altruism and further sharpen what any theory of human cooperation needs to explain...
  66. ncbi Sociality, age at first reproduction and senescence: comparative analyses of birds
    A P Møller
    Laboratoire de Parasitologie Evolutive, CNRS UMR 7103, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Cedex, France
    J Evol Biol 19:682-9. 2006
    ..These findings suggest that the evolution of senescence is related to timing of first reproduction, but that the evolution of breeding sociality has played a negligible role in the evolution of senescence...
  67. ncbi Climate-controlled Holocene occupation in the Sahara: motor of Africa's evolution
    Rudolph Kuper
    Collaborative Research Center 389 ACACIA, University of Cologne, Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology, Africa Research Unit, Jennerstrasse 8, 50823 Köln, Germany
    Science 313:803-7. 2006
    ..C.E. Southward shifting of the desert margin helped trigger the emergence of pharaonic civilization along the Nile, influenced the spread of pastoralism throughout the continent, and affects sub-Saharan Africa to the present day...
  68. ncbi Group competition, reproductive leveling, and the evolution of human altruism
    Samuel Bowles
    Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA, and Universitá di Siena, 17 Piazza San Francesco, Siena, Italy
    Science 314:1569-72. 2006
    ..These culturally transmitted practices presuppose advanced cognitive and linguistic capacities, possibly accounting for the distinctive forms of altruism found in our species...
  69. ncbi A formal test of linguistic and genetic coevolution in native Central and South America
    K L Hunley
    Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA
    Am J Phys Anthropol 132:622-31. 2007
    ..We discuss the possible causes for the lack of congruence between linguistic and genetic structure in the region, and describe alternative mechanisms of linguistic and genetic correspondence and their predictions...
  70. ncbi Game dynamics with learning and evolution of universal grammar
    W Garrett Mitchener
    Department of Mathematics, College of Charleston, Robert Scott Small Building, Room 339, Charleston, SC 29424, USA
    Bull Math Biol 69:1093-118. 2007
    ....
  71. ncbi Transmission of multiple traditions within and between chimpanzee groups
    Andrew Whiten
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution and Scottish Primate Research Group, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews KY16 9JP, United Kingdom
    Curr Biol 17:1038-43. 2007
    ..The convergence of these results with those from the wild implies a richness in chimpanzees' capacity for culture, a richness that parsimony suggests was shared with our common ancestor...
  72. ncbi Psychology. The value of the stick: punishment was a driver of altruism
    Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
    Science 312:1727. 2006
  73. ncbi Swift-boating Darwin: alternative or complementary science
    Gerald Weissmann
    FASEB J 20:405-7. 2006
  74. ncbi The evolution of vocabulary
    Kenny Smith
    Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Adam Ferguson Building, 40 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LL, UK
    J Theor Biol 228:127-42. 2004
    ..I investigate both the cultural evolution of vocabulary systems and the biological evolution of learning rules for vocabulary acquisition...
  75. ncbi Evolutionary model with genetics, aging, and knowledge
    Armando Ticona Bustillos
    Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal Fluminense, 24210 340 Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys 69:021903. 2004
    ..Effects of offspring overprotection and differences between individual and social learning can also be observed. Sexual selection as a function of knowledge shows some effects when fidelity is imposed...
  76. ncbi From heofonum to heavens
    Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
    Science 303:1326-8. 2004
  77. ncbi Search for the Indo-Europeans
    Michael Balter
    Science 303:1323. 2004
  78. ncbi Palaeolithic ivory sculptures from southwestern Germany and the origins of figurative art
    Nicholas J Conard
    Abteilung für Altere Urgeschichte und Quartärökologie, Institut für Ur und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, Universitat Tubingen, Schloss Hohentübingen, 72070 Tübingen, Germany
    Nature 426:830-2. 2003
    ....
  79. ncbi Archaeology: art of the ancients
    Anthony Sinclair
    Nature 426:774-5. 2003
  80. ncbi Ethics, evolution and culture
    Alex Mesoudi
    Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia, 227 6356 Agricultural Rd, Vancouver V6T 1Z2, BC, Canada
    Theory Biosci 127:229-40. 2008
    ..Here we suggest that a science of morality/ethics can benefit from adopting a cultural evolution or gene-culture coevolution approach, which treats culture as a second, separate evolutionary system that ..
  81. ncbi The cumulative advance of human know-how
    Katherine Nelson
    Program in Developmental Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016, USA
    Philos Transact A Math Phys Eng Sci 361:1635-53. 2003
    ..However, certain recent developments in this field provide a nice linkage with the implicit cognitive theorizing used by scholars who study the advance of technology. And a number of the debates in the two fields are similar...
  82. pmc Introduction. Cultural transmission and the evolution of human behaviour
    Kenny Smith
    Division of Psychology, Cognition and Communication Research Centre, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:3469-76. 2008
    ....
  83. ncbi The biological basis of human history
    William H McNeill
    36 Schoolhouse Road, P O Box 45, Colebrook, CT 06021 0045, USA
    Perspect Biol Med 46:371-82. 2003
    ..Contacts across local social and cultural boundaries tended to propagate best practices, making humankind a uniquely dangerous, constantly changing parasite upon other forms of life...
  84. ncbi (Evolutionary) Theories of warfare in preindustrial (foraging) societies
    Johan M G van der Dennen
    Department of Legal Theory, Section Political Science, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
    Neuro Endocrinol Lett 23:55-65. 2002
    ..Also the school of sociocultural evolution is briefly discussed...
  85. ncbi The importance of cultural inheritance in psychiatric genetics
    J Peedicayil
    Department of Pharmacology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, India
    Med Hypotheses 58:164-6. 2002
    ..This paper proposes that since there are marked epigenetic mechanisms involved in the expression of genes underlying primary (idiopathic) mental disorders, epimutations, rather than genetic mutations, underlie these disorders...
  86. ncbi [Evolution, diet and life style]
    Iver Mysterud
    Biologisk Institutt, Universitetet i Oslo, Postboks 1050 Blindern, 0316 Oslo
    Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 124:1260-2. 2004
  87. pmc The evolution of culture: from primate social learning to human culture
    Laureano Castro
    Departamento de Mejora Genética Animal, Instituto Nacional de Investigacion y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria, Carretera de la Coruña Kilómetro 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 101:10235-40. 2004
    ....
  88. ncbi The evolutionary dynamics of the lexical matrix
    N L Komarova
    Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
    Bull Math Biol 63:451-84. 2001
    ..Our analytic investigations are supplemented by numerical simulations that describe both incomplete and incorrect learning, and other extensions...
  89. ncbi [Evolution, diet and life style]
    Ottar Christiansen
    Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 124:2275; author reply 2275. 2004
  90. pmc Review. Establishing an experimental science of culture: animal social diffusion experiments
    Andrew Whiten
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:3477-88. 2008
    ..We survey the achievements of this work, its prospects for the future and its relationship to diffusion studies with humans discussed in this theme issue and elsewhere...
  91. ncbi Evolution of behavior. Seeking the key to music
    Michael Balter
    Science 306:1120-2. 2004
  92. pmc Comment on "Recent origin and cultural reversion of a hunter-gatherer group"
    Tony Waters
    PLoS Biol 3:e269; author reply e270. 2005
  93. ncbi Evolution. Darwin for all seasons
    Eors Szathmary
    Institute of Biology, Eötvös University Budapest, and Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study, 2 Szentháromság utca, H 1014 Budapest, Hungary
    Science 313:306-7. 2006
  94. ncbi Planet of the apes
    Florian Maderspacher
    Curr Biol 15:R146-50. 2005
    ..Their results have implications not just for our understanding of human evolution--they also touch directly on many social and environmental issues. Florian Maderspacher reports...
  95. pmc Neighbour-nets portray the Chinese dialect continuum and the linguistic legacy of China's demic history
    Mahé Ben Hamed
    Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, CNRS UMR 5596, Lyon, France
    Proc Biol Sci 272:1015-22. 2005
    ..Historical events and linguistic claims can be mapped on these graphs...
  96. ncbi Late Chachapoya population structure prior to Inka conquest
    Kenneth C Nystrom
    Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California 95053, USA
    Am J Phys Anthropol 131:334-42. 2006
    ..The correspondence between biological and archaeological data in the investigation of prehistoric ethnic identity is discussed...
  97. pmc Direct reciprocity on graphs
    Hisashi Ohtsuki
    Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812 8581, Japan
    J Theor Biol 247:462-70. 2007
    ..We also study the effect of an error rate, which increases with the number of links per individual; interacting with more people simultaneously enhances the probability of making mistakes. We provide analytic derivations for all results...
  98. ncbi Distribution of surnames and linguistic-cultural identities of the Slovenian and German minorities of northeastern Italy
    Miro Tasso
    Dipartimento di Medicina Ambientale e Sanità Pubblica sede di Igiene, Universita di Padova, Padova, Italy
    Anthropol Anz 62:185-202. 2004
    ..Finally, it is probable that different Slovenian dialects generated characteristic structures of surnames which were well preserved in the most peripherical municipalities of the territory...
  99. pmc Exploring gene-culture interactions: insights from handedness, sexual selection and niche-construction case studies
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:3577-89. 2008
    ..These analyses shed light on how genes and culture shape each other, and on the significance of feedback mechanisms between biological and cultural processes...
  100. ncbi Sustainability. Millennium assessment of human behavior
    Paul R Ehrlich
    Department of Biological Sciences, D Kennedy is at the Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
    Science 309:562-3. 2005
  101. ncbi Animal behavior. Orangutans, like chimps, heed the cultural call of the collective
    Gretchen Vogel
    Science 299:27-8. 2003

Research Grants9

  1. GROWTH OF B MALAYI IN MURINE MODELS--ROLE OF NK CELLS
    THIRUCHANDURAI RAJAN; Fiscal Year: 2001
    ..Identification of the molecule(s) involved in the interaction could help us formulate a rationale approach to immunoprophylaxis, as well as pharmacology of lymphatic filarial parasites. ..
  2. EFFECTS OF PARTNER VIOLENCE VICTIMIZATION IN DRUG USE
    Merrill Singer; Fiscal Year: 2002
    ....
  3. TRAINING IN COGNITIVE AND COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE
    Michael Arbib; Fiscal Year: 2002
    ..The plan for the postdoctoral position focuses on permitting a student trained in psychology or linguistics to gain additional expertise related to cognitive and computational neuroscience. ..
  4. SYRINGE ACCESS AND HIV RISK
    Merrill Singer; Fiscal Year: 2002
    ..g., high or low availability of sterile syringes) and actual risk factors (e.g., frequency of infected syringes in circulation). ..
  5. FACTORS AFFECTING GROWTH OF BRUGIA MALAVI IN SCID MICE
    THIRUCHANDURAI RAJAN; Fiscal Year: 2005
    ....
  6. Brugia Infections in Mice: Role of Eosinophils
    THIRUCHANDURAI RAJAN; Fiscal Year: 2005
    ..We believe that the studies proposed herein will help us understand the mechanisms by which mammalian hosts combat infectious agents that are far larger than their own effector cells. ..
  7. Perceiving-the-present: a general theory of illusions
    Mark Changizi; Fiscal Year: 2006
    ..Such elucidation of the function computed by the visual system is of great use, for without understanding function, one cannot make sense of the mechanisms implementing those functions in the brain. ..
  8. FACTORS AFFECTING GROWTH OF BRUGIA MALAYI IN SCID MICE
    THIRUCHANDURAI RAJAN; Fiscal Year: 2006
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  9. Inequality, social capital and health in Boliva
    William Leonard; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable]..