Tool innovation may be a critical limiting step for the establishment of a rich tool-using culture: A perspective from child development

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 35 (4):220-221 (2012)

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Recent data show that human children (up to 8 years old) perform poorly when required to innovate tools. Our tool-rich culture may be more reliant on social learning and more limited by domain-general constraints such as ill-structured problem solving than otherwise thought

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