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Advances in Culture and PsychologyVolume 1$
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Michele J. Gelfand, Chi-yue Chiu, and Ying-yi Hong

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380392.001.0001

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Human Culture in Evolutionary Perspective

Human Culture in Evolutionary Perspective

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(p.5) Chapter 1 Human Culture in Evolutionary Perspective
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Advances in Culture and Psychology
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Michael Tomasello

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380392.003.0001

Many animal species live in complex social groups, some of whom transmit information across generations “culturally”. Humans’ uniquely cultural way of life began with this kind of social organization but then acquired novel characteristics as a result of biological adaptations for interacting with other persons in species-unique forms of cooperative activity, including collaborative problem-solving, cooperative communication, and instructed learning. These more cooperative, cultural ways of doing things have as their psychological foundation various skills and motivations for shared intentionality.

Keywords:   culture, evolution, social cognition, chimpanzees, shared intentionality

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