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dc.creatorPremo, Luke
dc.description.abstractSewall Wright’s (1943) concept of isolation by distance is as germane to cultural transmission as genetic transmission. Yet there has been little research on how the spatial scale of social learning— the geographic extent of cultural transmission— affects cultural diversity. Here, we employ agent- based simulation to study how the spatial scale of unbiased social learning affects selectively neutral cultural diversity over a range of population sizes and densities. We show that highly localized unbiased cultural transmission may be easily confused with a form of biased cultural transmission, especially in low- density populations. Our results have important implications for how archaeologists infer mechanisms of cultural transmission from diversity estimates that depart from the expectations of neutral theory.en_US
dc.publisherAmerican Antiquityen_US
dc.rightsIn copyright
dc.subjectCultural transmissionen_US
dc.subjectAgent-based simulationen_US
dc.titleThe spatial scale of social learning affects cultural diversityen_US
dc.description.citationPremo, L. S. and J. B. Scholnick (2011) The spatial scale of social learning affects cultural diversity. American Antiquity 76:163-176.

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    This collection features scholarly work by Luke Premo, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University.

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