Abstract # 179:

Scheduled for Monday, September 15, 2014 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Session 24 (Decatur A) Symposium


D. M. Fragaszy and Y. Eshchar
University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
     Social learning is essential to many aspects of behavior in social animals, from foraging techniques through communication to tool use. In recent decades there has been an explosion of studies on social learning, which brought with it new methodological and statistical tools. Today, there are new, robust quantitative methods that can help us understand the details and mechanisms of social transmission. This symposium will focus on some of those methods with the aim of making them accessible to a wider audience and thus facilitate development in this field. Major advances include the development of social network analysis methods, and the application of analytic tools first used in behavioral economics. William Hoppitt will discuss how diffusion analysis studies are being informed by network analysis. Janet Mann will talk about combining dynamic network approaches and developmental approaches to study social learning in in wild bottlenose dolphins. Elizabeth Lonsdorf will talk about the need to account for group-level social dynamics in social learning studies in chimpanzees and capuchins. Yonat Eshchar will discuss developmental approaches, combined with measuring the temporal aspect of social influence, in tufted capuchins learning to crack nuts. Brendan Barrett will describe a new modelling method (experience weighted attraction models) to describe how white-faced capuchins acquire foraging behaviors.