Publication detailsWood, L.A., Kendal, R. & Flynn, E.G. (2013). Whom do children copy? Model-based biases in learning. Developmental Review 33(4): 341-356.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0273-2297
- DOI: 10.1016/j.dr.2013.08.002
- Keywords: Social learning, Model-based biases, Cultural transmission, Social cognition, Trust.
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This review investigates the presence of young children’s model-based cultural transmission biases in social learning, arguing that such biases are adaptive and flexible. Section 1 offers five propositions regarding the presence and direction of model-based transmission biases in young children’s copying of a model. Section 2 discusses the cognitive abilities required for differing model-based biases and tracks their development in early childhood. Section 3 suggests future areas of research including considering the social aspect of model-based biases and understanding their use within a comparative perspective.