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Simon M. Reader and Kevin N. Laland

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198526223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526223.001.0001

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To Innovate or Not to Innovate? That is the question

To Innovate or Not to Innovate? That is the question

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(p.329) Chapter 15 To Innovate or Not to Innovate? That is the question
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Animal Innovation
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Marc D. Hauser

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526223.003.0015

In this chapter, the author discusses the particulars of innovation provided in this volume and concludes three points. First being historical that simply explores closely related topics where a term used to describe human behaviour has been borrowed for the sake of describing animal behaviour. The second point concerns mechanism. Specifically, if we are going to take the problem of innovation in human and non-human animals seriously, then we need to understand the underlying mechanisms, and the extent to which they are shared across species. The third point is methodological. Having discussed several candidate mechanisms, or issues concerning mechanism, the author concludes with a discussion of how future experiments on innovation might profitably proceed. In parallel with recent work on social learning, the study of innovation must begin to take the patterns of observation recorded from a variety of animals and design experiments that allow for more careful delineation of underlying mechanisms.

Keywords:   innovation, historical, human, behaviour, animal, mechanism, methodological, social learning

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