Journal article

When Extremists Win: Cultural Transmission Via Iterated Learning When Populations Are Heterogeneous.

Danielle J Navarro, Amy Perfors, Arthur Kary, Scott D Brown, Chris Donkin

Cognitive Science | Published : 2018

Abstract

How does the process of information transmission affect the cultural or linguistic products that emerge? This question is often studied experimentally and computationally via iterated learning, a procedure in which participants learn from previous participants in a chain. Iterated learning is a powerful tool because, when all participants share the same priors, the stationary distributions of the iterated learning chains reveal those priors. In many situations, however, it is unreasonable to assume that all participants share the same prior beliefs. We present four simulation studies and one experiment demonstrating that when the population of learners is heterogeneous, the behavior of an it..

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