Recommended readings

This page contains a list of useful reading materials for researchers at the earlier stages of their career (but not only).

Social learning and cultural evolution

Eytan Avital, Eva Jablonka

Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution

Alberto Acerbi

Cultural Evolution in the Digital Age

Robert Boyd

The Origin and Evolution of Cultures

Robert Boyd, Peter Richerson

Culture and the Evolutionary Process

Kevin Clark

Social Learning Theory

Robert Dunbar, Chris Knight, Camilla Power

The Evolution of Culture: An Interdisciplinary View

Dorothy Fragaszy, Susan Perry

The Biology of Traditions: Models and Evidence

Steven Frank

Foundations of Social Evolution

Joseph Henrich

The Secret of Our Success

Cecilia Heyes, Bennet Galef

Social Learning in Animals – The Roots of Culture

William Hoppit, Kevin Laland

Social Learning

Eva Jablonka, Marion Lamb

Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioural and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life

Kevin Laland

Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony

Kevin Laland

The Question of Animal Culture

Tim Lewens

Cultural Evolution: Conceptual Challenges

Alex Mesoudi

Cultural Evolution

Everett Rogers

The Diffusion of Innovations

Andrew Whiten, Robert Hinde, Christoper Stringer, Kevin Laland

Culture Evolves

Statistics and R software

Michael Crawley

The R Book

Michael Crawley

Statistics: An Introduction Using R

Richard McElreath

Statistical Rethinking: A Bayesian Course in  R and STAN.

Hadley Wickham

ggplot2: Elegant Graphics for Data Analysis (Use R!)

Theoretical and simulation modelling

Hanna Kokko

Modelling for Field Biologists and Other Interesting People

Richard McElreath, Robert Boyd

Mathematical Models of Social Evolution: A Guide for the Perplexed

Sarah Otto, Troy Day

A Biologist’s Guide to Mathematical Modelling in Ecology and Evolution