The secret to why some cultures thrive and others disappear may lie in our social networks and our ability to imitate, rather than our individual smarts, according to a new University of British Columbia study.
The study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy: Biological Sciences (open access), shows that when people can observe and learn from a wider range of teachers, groups can better maintain technical skills and even increase the group’s average skill over successive generations.
The findings show that a larger population size and social connectedness are crucial for the development of more sophisticated technologies and cultural knowledge, says lead author Michael Muthukrishna, a PhD student in UBC’s Dept. of Psychology.
“This is the first study to demonstrate in a laboratory setting what archeologists and evolutionary theorists have long suggested: that there is an important link between a society’s sociality and the sophistication of its technology,” says Muthukrishna, who co-authored the research with UBC Prof. Joseph Henrich.
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(New York, March 3, 2014)—Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today the appointment of Beatrice Galilee as Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.
The “MOOC Production Fellowship” aimed to support the potential of digitalisation for innovation and transformative change in higher education, and to activate a process of creative adaptation within the academic community.