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Prof Andrew Whiten

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Emeritus Professor

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email aw2@st-andrews.ac.uk
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Research overview

Recent and current research interests focus on social learning, traditions and culture. To elucidate the evolution of these phenomena I study and compare human and non-human primates, especially our closest living relatives, chimpanzees. Studies include both large scale surveys of behaviour in the wild and behavioural experiments with children and non-human primates. The latter studies include the first ones that track the diffusion of behavioural techniques experimentally introduced into existing groups. Development of social learning capacities is studied in children and juvenile non-human primates.

Highlighted publications

Whiten, A & van de Waal, E 2018, 'The pervasive role of social learning in primate lifetime development' Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 72, 80. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-018-2489-3
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-018-2489-3
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/13301/1/Whiten_2018_BES_Pervasiverole_CC.pdf
2018

McGuigan, N, Burdett, E, Burgess, V, Dean, L, Lucas, A, Vale, G & Whiten, A 2017, 'Innovation and social transmission in experimental micro-societies: exploring the scope of cumulative culture in young children' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences, vol. 372, no. 1735, 20160425. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0425
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2016.0425
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/12142/1/McGuigan_Phil_Trans_AAM.pdf
2017

Whiten, A & van de Waal, E 2017, 'Social learning, culture and the ‘socio-cultural brain’ of human and non-human primates' Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 82, pp. 58-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.12.018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.12.018
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/12387/1/Whiten_vandeWaal_NBR_AAM.pdf
2017

Whiten, A 2017, 'A second inheritance system: the extension of biology through culture' Interface Focus, vol. 7, no. 5, 20160142. DOI: 10.1098/rsfs.2016.0142
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2016.0142
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/15839/1/Whiten_InterfaceFocus_AAM.pdf
2017

Vale, GL, Davis, SJ, Lambeth, SP, Schapiro, SJ & Whiten, A 2017, 'Acquisition of a socially learned tool use sequence in chimpanzees: implications for cumulative culture' Evolution and Human Behavior, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 635-644. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2017.04.007
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2017.04.007
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/13285/1/Vale_EHB_SociallyLearnedTool_AAM.pdf
2017

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