Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Another frame shift: From cultural transmission to cultural co-construction

Barbara J. King a1
a1 Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795


Laland et al.'s bidirectional model is a welcome starting point that can be enhanced by a full incorporation of systems thinking into its framework. Systems thinkers note that culture is not transmitted linearly in chunks but is co-constructed within subgroups. Niche construction, particularly among primates, should be studied primarily through the effects that social relationships have on selection pressures.