Attendees of the second annual ESLR workshop
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2nd Annual ESLR Summer Workshop

The Early-Career Social Learning Researchers Society (ESLR) held its second workshopon the 21st and 22nd June 2018 at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. The workshop hosted 24 early-career researchers from 16 institutions. Attendees took part in interactive sessions covering […]

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Birds in their Little Nests Agree

Rachel Harrison gives an overview of Guillette, Scott and Healy, 2016, “Social learning in nest-building birds: A role for familiarity”.

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Sub(marine) Culture

Elena Miu gives an overview of Cantor, Whitehead, Gero & Rendell, 2016, “Cultural turnover among Galapagos sperm whales”.

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Infinite Things to Learn

Edith Invernizzi provides an overview of Fogarty, Wakano, Feldman & Aoki, 2016, “The Driving Forces of Cultural Complexity”.

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Dawn of Cumulative Culture in the Apes?

Elisa Bandini gives an overview of Davis et al., 2016, “Foundations of Cumulative Culture in Apes: Improved foraging efficiency through relinquishing and combining witnessed behaviours in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)”

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Learning To Climb On The Fitness Landscape

Nature presents a diversity of challenges that individuals can address through learning, and the best learning strategies to employ can depend on the type of challenge. Challenges can vary in how rewarding a given solution is, with respect to how closely it resembles some optimal ideal. In some cases, small incremental improvements toward the ideal provide adequate feedback between solution and reward for an individual to learn asocially (wide fitness landscape). By contrast, individuals have inadequate guidance for tracking an ideal solution and rely more on social learning when only some solutions are rewarded (narrow fitness landscape).