Dr. Kathryn Demps Visiting Assistant Professor, Boise State University

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Dr. Kathryn Demps Visiting Assistant Professor, Boise State University

Dr. Kathryn Demps Visiting Assistant Professor, Boise State University - The ecology of behavioral transmission: Learning to collect wild honey in South India

Friday, October 26, 2012
4:00pm-5:30pm
317 Silsby Hall
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars
Local ecological knowledge produces positive returns to individuals via the cultural transmission of adaptive behaviors. Since social learning does not exist in a vacuum, locating behavioral transmission patterns in real-world settings informs our theory about salient human contexts such as cultural settings, individual heterogeneity in age and learning ability, and the complex interactions between learning strategies and local ecologies. I examine factors at the population- and individual-levels in a South Indian honey collecting tribe that are contributing to the persistence or loss of local knowledge over time. I will evaluate data from 196 individuals (aged 6 - 65 years) who participated in skills tests and interviews about local ecological knowledge related to collecting wild honey. Sponsored by the Robert A. 1925 and Catherine L. McKennan Fund for Anthropology
For more information, contact:
Therese Perin-Deville
603-646-3256

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