To what adaptive problems is human teaching a solution?

Mikołaj Hernik, György Gergely

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We welcome Kline's systematic overview of teaching from a functional evolutionary perspective. However, Kline's framework does not provide satisfying characterization of the adaptive problems driving the evolution of teaching through communication found in humans, where the key function is better characterized in terms of licensing inferences to opaque generic content than in terms of overcoming shortages of access and attention.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere42
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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