Cultural transmission is the process through which cultural elements, in the form of attitudes, values, beliefs, and behavioral scripts, are passed onto and taught to individuals and groups.
A Brief Definition of Culture
Culture represents a collection of attitudes, values, beliefs, and behavioral scripts that are generally agreed upon by a group of individuals. It can include everything from language, marriage practices, and governmental configurations, to definitions of family, greeting behaviors, housing structures, and death rituals, to name a few. A primary role of culture is to provide a consistent and stable environment or framework whose goal is to ensure or, at the very least, enhance, the survival of the group. At its broadest level, culture represents mainstream tendencies, but there can be “culture within a culture” whereby smaller segments of the population ...
- Cultural Transmission
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- Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development
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- 480. Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center
- 481. Department of Psychology MS 2C6, George Mason University
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- 1. Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 214 Stadler Hall, One University Boulevard St. Louis, MO, 63121-4499, USA
- 2. University of Missouri, St. Louis, MI, USA
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