Researchers from Autonomous University Report Recent Findings in Human Organization Research (Cultural Change and Traditional Ecological Knowledge:...

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Researchers from Autonomous University Report Recent Findings in Human Organization Research (Cultural Change and Traditional Ecological Knowledge: An Empirical Analysis from the Tsimane' in the Bolivian Amazon) By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Research findings on Life Science Research are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Barcelona, Spain, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Among the different factors associated with change in traditional ecological knowledge, the study of the relations between cultural change and traditional ecological knowledge has received scan and inadequate scholarly attention. Using data from indigenous peoples of an Amazonian society facing increasing exposure to the mainstream Bolivian society, we analyzed the relation between traditional ecological knowledge, proxied with individual plant use knowledge and cultural change, proxied with individual-(n=484) and village-level (n=47) measures of attachment to traditional beliefs and values." The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Autonomous University, "We found that both the individual level of detachment from traditional values and the village level detachment from traditional values were associated with individual levels of plant use knowledge, irrespective of other proxy measures for cultural change. Because both the individual- and the village-level variables bear statistically significant associations with plant use knowledge, our results suggest that both the individual- and the supra-individual level processes of cultural change are related to the erosion of plant use knowledge." According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Results from our work highlight the importance of analyzing processes that operate at intermediary social units-the village in our case study-to explain changes in traditional ecological knowledge." For more information on this research see: Cultural Change and Traditional Ecological Knowledge: An Empirical Analysis from the Tsimane' in the Bolivian Amazon. Human Organization, 2014;73(2):162-173. Human Organization can be contacted at: Soc Applied Anthropology, 3000 United Founders Blvd, Ste 148, Oklahoma City, OK 73112, USA (see also Life Science Research). Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting V. Reyes-Garcia, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Center Recerca Ecol & Aplicac Forestals, E-08193 Barcelona, Spain. Additional authors for this research include J. Paneque-Galvez, A.C. Luz, M. Gueze, M.J. Macia, M. Orta-Martinez and J. Pino. Keywords for this news article include: Spain, Europe, Ecology, Barcelona, Life Science Research Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC

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