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Social Learning

Social learning is the acquisition of new information via observing others. This form of learning is essential to the transmission of cultural knowledge. We are investigating social learning in humans and the other great apes to identify differences and similarities in transmission biases across different populations of humans and chimpanzees, across different great ape species and across human children of different ages. In particular we are interested in the influence of the majority. Majority influence serves a crucially important function in the transmission of human culture by promoting quick and stable in-group uniformity, which then stabilizes between-group cultural diversity over time.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Haun
Director || Head of Department
  • Haun, D.B.M., Rekers, Y., & Tomasello M. (2012). Chimpanzees and human children, but not orangutans, prefer to learn from the majority. Current Biology 22(8), 727–731.
  • Haun, D.B.M., van Leeuwen, E., & Edelson, M. (2013). Conformity in children and other great apes. (review paper). Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 3, 61-71.
  • Haun, D. B. M., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Conformity to peer pressure in preschool children. Child Development, 82(6), 1759-1767.
  • van Leeuwen, E.J.C., &, Haun, D.B.M. (2013) Conformity in nonhuman primates: fad or fact? Evolution & Human Behaviour, 34, 1-7.