Social Learning (Exam 4 Notes - 3)

Social Learning (Exam 4 Notes - 3) - Social Learning...

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Background Natural Selection (phylogenic) Best characterized with operant behavior Selection by consequences (ontogenic selection) Cultural selection Recall the 3 levels of selection Recall our shaping game (when the person didn’t do much, or did much of the same, it was difficult for us to shape the terminal response) Variability upon which selection may act Also recall the key to any evolutionary process The real advantage of this 3rd level is that information is passed on, once we're dead It's passed on in the sense of cultural practices We are taught this information both formally (school), and informally (regular ol' interactions) How one raises children How one obtains and prepares food How one deals with the behavior of others in the group Some examples of cultural practices Cultural Selection Those who adopt the practices are more likely to survive and thus pass on the practice (tool use) When these practices relate to survival Communication It provides information? Well yes, but what does an organism do with that information? Communication involves producing stimuli that affect the behavior of other organisms Why do we communicate? Communication is only useful to the extent that it get someone else to behave in a certain way, and vice versa Discriminating Behavior Can the lion pick that one out Can the zebra "hide" its limp Limping Zebra
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2011 for the course PSYC 210 taught by Professor Borrero,j during the Fall '08 term at UMBC.

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