Social learning and the adaptiveness of expressing and perceiving fearfulness

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 46:e74 (2023)
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Abstract

The fearful ape hypothesis revolves around our ability to express and perceive fearfulness. Here, we address these abilities from a social learning perspective which casts fearfulness in a slightly different light. Our commentary argues that any theory that characterizes a (human) social signal as being adaptive, needs to address the role of social learning as an alternative candidate explanation.

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