Special Issue "Social Learning and Cultural Evolution"

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336). This special issue belongs to the section "Learning and Evolution in Games".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Karl H. Schlag
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Guest Editor
Department of Economics, University of Vienna, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
Interests: choice without priors, applied to learning and pricing; imitation and exact nonparametric statistics; game theory; industrial organization; microeconomics; economic theory and statistics; evolution

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This is a call to all those working in Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Machine Learning, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology and related fields to come together and share their insights in this very exciting field. Alone, we are weak; together, we are strong. We communicate and learn from one another. What we do influences what others do through social learning. Together, we form a society, developing a culture that has its own dynamics via cultural evolution. How does the individual entity influence the large and vice versa? What rules do we use and why? How does individual behavior influence the mass, and create and stabilize norms? In this special issue, we invite papers using different methods, from theory to simulations to data analyses, from a focus on individual behavior to a focus on learning as a population or society, as animals, humans or machines, towards contributions to research on social learning and cultural evolution. I am eagerly awaiting your contributions.

Karl H. Schlag
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Games is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • imitation
  • social learning
  • evolution
  • dynamics
  • norms
  • stability
  • equilibria

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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