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Crafty Killer Whales Demonstrate "Cultural Learning"
J. of Neuroscience, 22 Feb. 2006

Killer whales, which lure gulls by setting traps, are now among the animal species known to demonstrate “cultural learning,” a phenomenon in which animals of the same species learn from other members of their group.

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Active Reading Questions

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    Learned behaviors differ from instinctual behaviors in that
    a) learned behaviors depend on past experience.
    b) learned behaviors require a trigger.
    c) learned behaviors require a releaser.
    d) learned behaviors are reflexive.
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    For social behaviors to be learned there must be some form of ___________.
    a) reflex
    b) communication
    c) pheromone
    d) language
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    Social behavior, such as cultural learning, provides advantages to organisms. Using the whales in the article as an example, what are some advantages to this type of social behavior?
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