Social Learning Theory: Phylogenetic Considerations across Animal, Plant and Microbial Taxa


Kevin B. Clark, PhD (Editor)
Portland, OR, USA

Series: Animal Science, Issues and Research, Science, Evolution and Creationism
BISAC: SCI070000

Twentieth century social learning theories radically challenged the popular ideas about the role of nature and nurture in animal existence, particularly primate development and culture. Today, greater appreciation for the emergence and evolution of socialty within and across both taxonomic and technological boundaries has scientists exploring the possibility that, in addition to vertebrates, insects, mollusks, plants, microbes and even robots learn from observing and modeling the actions of others. This book presents these and additional exciting new themes to readers through a collection of chapters written by international authorities. The contents of this book bridge scientific revolutions in sociobiology to advance contemporary and perhaps future understandings in diverse topics, such as plant intelligence, robotic active learning, host-pathogen interactions, insect culture, fish and cephalopod mating habits, predator-prey dynamics, microbial socialty and cognitive aging. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface pp. i-ix

Section 1. Concepts, Problems, and Applications of Social Learning Theory pp. 1-2

Chapter 1. Observational Learning in Animals
(Thomas R. Zentall, University of Kentucky, KY, USA)pp. 3-34

Chapter 2. The Challenges of a Social Learning Phylogeny: Mechanisms, Content and Context Biases and Inter-Individual Differences
(Erik Gustafsson, Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Étienne, France)pp. 35-52

Chapter 3. Social Learning of Predation Risk: A Review and Prospectus
(Adam L. Crane and Maud C.O. Ferrari, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada)pp. 53-82

Chapter 4. Social Transmission of Food Preference in Rodents: Neural Substrates and Use in Alzheimer’s Models
(Craige C. Wrenn and Kirsten G. Chatman, Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA, USA)pp. 83-94

Chapter 5. Presence of an Audience Alters Mate Choice of Poeciliid Males
(David Bierbach, Yasmin Konstantin, Stefan Stadler, Denis Schenkel, Amber M. Makowicz, Herbert Nigl, Holger Geupel, Rüdiger Riesch, Ingo Schlupp and Martin Plath, J. W. Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany and others)pp. 95-112

Chapter 6. Active Social Learning in Humans and Robots
(Andrea L. Thomaz and Maya Cakmak, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA)pp. 113-128

Section 2. Emerging Models of Social Learning Theory pp. 129-130

Chapter 7. Social Learning in Cephalopods: A Natural History Perspective
(Christine L. Huffard, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, USA)pp. 131-146

Chapter 8. Modulation of Olfactory and Gustatory Sensitivity Mediated by Sensory Experience in Moths: A Simple Form of Social Learning?
(Sylvia Anton, Sebastian Minoli, Christophe Gadenne and Peter Anderson, INRA/Université d’Angers, Angers, France and others)pp. 147-162
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Chapter 9. Plant Root Networks and Swarm Rules
(Marzena Ciszak and Stefano Mancuso, CNR-Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Italy and others)pp. 163-172

Chapter 10. The Mating Judgements of Microbes
(Kevin B. Clark, Portland, OR, USA)pp. 173-200

Chapter 11. Social Learning across the Human-Microbial Interface
(Elling Ulvestad, Haukeland University Hospital and University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway)pp. 201-216

Section 3. Supplementary Materials pp. 217-222

Subject Index List

Contributor List

Editor Biosketch

Editor’s Book-Cover Note

Index pp. 223-226

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