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Teaching in the animal world

By John Published: May 15, 2011

No animal teaches like humans teach, but how did we acquire this innate cognitive ability and expand it exponentially to create and sustain human culture?

Here is a post on ScienceBlogs by Jason G. Goldman, a graduate student in psychology at the University of Southern California that gives a nice summary of research into types of proto-teaching observed in nonhuman animals, including ants and meerkats. Watch the video of meerkats teaching their young to capture and eat scorpions. The post is part of a series on pedagogy, which I discovered on the Facebook page of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society.

 

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