Cultural intelligence is key to explaining human tool use

Claudio Tennie, Harriet Over

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Contrary to Vaesen, we argue that a small number of key traits are sufficient to explain modern human tool use. Here we outline and defend the cultural intelligence (CI) hypothesis. In doing so, we critically re-examine the role of social transmission in explaining human tool use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-3
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • Tool Use Behavior
  • Cognition
  • Technology


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