Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Cultural Inheritance

  • Jacob PeedicayilEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1089-1



Cultural inheritance is an inheritance system characterized by the storage and transmission of information by communication, imitation, teaching, and learning.


Cultural inheritance is an inheritance system characterized by the storage and transmission of information by communication, imitation, teaching, and learning (Peedicayil 2001). The communication can take place by different routes – visual, auditory, and other routes. The communication can occur by speech, by writing, by a tape recorder (Bonner 1980), and, in today’s world, by television, cell phones, and the Internet. The communication can also take place over a considerable distance and over a considerable span of time (Bonner 1980). The communication can be fast or slow. This inheritance system was first proposed by the noted American geneticist and Nobel Laureate Thomas Hunt Morgan (1932). Cultural inheritance is widely present...

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  1. 1.Christian Medical CollegeVelloreIndia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Menelaos Apostolou
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  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus