In human communities social learning (i.e., learning by the observation of knowledgeable individuals) plays an important role; it shapes cultures, traditions, and cognition. Dogs seem to be an ideal system for modeling human cognition from the social learning aspect. The present review offers a short overview on the relevant general theories of social learning, discusses the adaptive value of social learning, introduces dog as a model system, presents evidence for different forms of social learning in dogs and argues for practical implications that social learning might have in this species.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research|
|Publication status||Published - jan. 1 2009|
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