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    Before Cumulative Culture.Ceri Shipton & Mark Nielsen - 2015 - Human Nature 26 (3):331-345.
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    Adopting the ritual stance: The role of opacity and context in ritual and everyday actions.Rohan Kapitány & Mark Nielsen - 2015 - Cognition 145 (C):13-29.
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    Motivated empathy: The mechanics of the empathic gaze.David G. Cowan, Eric J. Vanman & Mark Nielsen - 2014 - Cognition and Emotion 28 (8):1522-1530.
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    Ritualized Objects: How We Perceive and Respond to Causally Opaque and Goal Demoted Action.Rohan Kapitány & Mark Nielsen - 2019 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 19 (1-2):170-194.
    Rituals are able to transform ordinary objects into extraordinary objects. And while rituals typically do not cause physical changes, they may imbue objects with a particular specialness – a simple gold band may become a wedding ring, while an ordinary dessert may become a birthday cake. To treat such objects as if they were ordinary then becomes inappropriate. How does this transformation take place in the minds of observers, and how do we recognize it when we see it? Here, we (...)
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    There is no compelling evidence that human neonates imitate.Siobhan Kennedy-Costantini, Janine Oostenbroek, Thomas Suddendorf, Mark Nielsen, Jonathan Redshaw, Jacqueline Davis, Sally Clark & Virginia Slaughter - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40.
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    Childhood and advances in human tool use.Mark Nielsen - 2012 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 35 (4):232-233.
    Human life history incorporates childhood, a lengthy post-weaning period of dependency. This species-specific period provides an opportunity for extensive learning and for sophisticated cultural behaviors to develop, including crucial tool use skills. Although I agree that no individual cognitive trait singularly differentiates humans from other animals, I suggest here that without childhood, the traits that are key to human tool use would not emerge.
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    Revisiting an extant framework: Concerns about culture and task generalization.Frankie T. K. Fong, Mark Nielsen & Cristine H. Legare - 2022 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 45:e257.
    The target article elaborates upon an extant theoretical framework, “Imitation and Innovation: The Dual Engines of Cultural Learning.” We raise three major concerns: (1) There is limited discussion of cross-cultural universality and variation; (2) overgeneralization of overimitation and omission of other social learning types; and (3) selective imitation in infants and toddlers is not discussed.
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    Childhood and the evolution of higher-effort teaching.Mark Nielsen & Ceri Shipton - 2015 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 38.
    Kline presents an excellent synthesis of teaching theory and research, with cogent arguments regarding its prevalence. In this, she claims that “active teaching” is human specific, and presents tangible reasons why. But in doing so, she overlooks a critical aspect of the human condition that may have arisen only recently in our evolutionary history: Childhood as a life stage.
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    Pretending Primates.Mark Nielsen - 2002 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 6 (10):445-445.
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    Shamanism and the social nature of cumulative culture.Mark Nielsen, Ronald Fischer & Yoshihisa Kashima - 2018 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41.
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    The social motivation for social learning.Mark Nielsen - 2008 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (1):33-33.
    Through the second year, children’s copying behaviour shifts from a focus on emulating to a focus on imitating. This shift can be explained by a change in focus from copying others to satisfy cognitive motivations to copying in order to satisfy social motivations. As elegant and detailed as the shared circuits model (SCM) is, it misses this crucial, motivation-based feature of imitation.
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    William James and the evolution of consciousness.Mark Nielsen & R. H. Day - 1999 - Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 19 (1):90-113.
    Despite having been relegated to the realm of superstition during the dominant years of behaviorism, the investigation and discussion of consciousness has again become scientifically defensible. However, attempts at describing animal consciousness continue to be criticized for lacking independent criteria that identify the presence or absence of the phenomenon. William James recognized that mental traits are subject to the same evolutionary processes as are physical characteristics and must therefore be represented in differing levels of complexity throughout the animal kingdom. James's (...)
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