Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Cultural Learning

  • Dara CurranEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_778



Culture can be succinctly described as a process of information transfer within a population that occurs without the use of genetic material. Culture can take many forms such as language, signals, or artifactual materials. Such information exchange occurs during the lifetime of individuals in a population and can greatly enhance the behavior of such species. Because these exchanges occur during an individual’s lifetime, cultural learning can be considered a subset of lifetime learning.

Theoretical Background

Cultural learning describes the process of information transfer between individuals in a population through nongenetic means. Typically this is achieved through communication or the creation of artifacts available to all members of a population for the purposes of cultural transmission.

Cultural learning is a model which combines population learning with a modified version of lifetime learning that allows populations to pass on knowledge...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cork Constraint Computation Centre (4C), Computer Science DepartmentUniversity College CorkCorkIreland