Reply to ‘Sigmoidal Acquisition Curves are Good Indicators of Conformist Transmission’

Abstract

In the Smaldino et al. study ‘Sigmoidal Acquisition Curves are Good Indicators of Conformist Transmission’, our original findings regarding the conditional validity of using population-level sigmoidal acquisition curves as means to evidence individual-level conformity are contested. We acknowledge the identification of useful nuances, yet conclude that our original findings remain relevant for the study of conformist learning mechanisms.

Publication
Acerbi, A., van Leeuwen, E.J.C., Tennie, C., Haun, D.B.M. (2018), Reply to ‘Sigmoidal Acquisition Curves are Good Indicators of Conformist Transmission’, Scientific Reports, 8, 14016
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Alberto Acerbi

Cultural Evolution / Cognitive Anthropology / Individual-based modelling / Computational Social Science