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  Introduction to special issue: ‘Life history and learning: how childhood, caregiving and old age shape cognition and culture in humans and other animals’

Gopnik, A., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Tomasello, M. (2020). Introduction to special issue: ‘Life history and learning: how childhood, caregiving and old age shape cognition and culture in humans and other animals’. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1803): 20190489. doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0489.

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Gopnik, Alison, Author
Frankenhuis, Willem E.1, Author              
Tomasello, Michael2, Author              
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1External Organizations, ou_persistent22              
2Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Society, ou_1497671              

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Free keywords: Development; Life history; Learning
 Abstract: This special issue focuses on the relationship between life history and learning, especially during human evolution. ‘Life history’ refers to the developmental programme of an organism, including its period of immaturity, reproductive rate and timing, caregiving investment and longevity. Across many species an extended childhood and high caregiving investment appear to be correlated with particular kinds of plasticity and learning. Human life history is particularly distinctive; humans evolved an exceptionally long childhood and old age, and an unusually high level of caregiving investment, at the same time that they evolved distinctive capacities for cognition and culture. The contributors explore the relations between life history, plasticity and learning across a wide range of methods and populations, including theoretical and empirical work in biology, anthropology and developmental psychology. This article is part of the theme issue ‘Life history and learning: how childhood, caregiving and old age shape cognition and culture in humans and other animals’.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-06
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0489
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Title: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
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Publ. Info: London : Royal Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 375 (1803) Sequence Number: 20190489 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0962-8436
ISSN: 1471-2970