Hidden Clusters Beyond Ethnic Boundaries

Published in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2022

Recommended citation: Peréz Velilla, A., Moser, C., Smaldino, P. E. (2022). Hidden Clusters Beyond Ethnic Boundaries. [commentary on Uchiyama et al.]” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences/article/hidden-clusters-beyond-ethnic-boundaries/08DDF60846E92FDC3303D21F238856D8

Hidden cluster problems can manifest when broad ethnic categories are used as proxies for cultural traits, especially when traits are assumed to encode cultural distances between groups. We suggest a granular understanding of cultural trait distributions within and between ethnic categories is fundamental to the interpretation of heritability estimates as well as general behavioral outcomes.

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