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p. 876. Learning from otherslocked

  • Mark Haselgrove


Many species, including humans, are quite sociable and live in groups so it is important to incorporate into our understanding of learning how social learning takes place and what sorts of factors might influence it. ‘Learning from others’ explains that like classical and instrumental conditioning, social learning is a change in behaviour as a consequence of experience. However, the nature of this learning is rather different—it is experience of observing another organism. Social learning has obvious adaptive value, especially when it comes to diet choice. Social learning may also be underpinned by the same forms of conditioning-like processes as non-social learning, but the processes are still not fully understood.

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