Social Learning in Animals: Empirical Studies and Theoretical Models

Social Learning in Animals: Empirical Studies and Theoretical Models AbstractThe last two decades have seen a virtual explosion in empirical research on the role of social interactions in the development of animals' behavioral repertoires, and a similar increase in attention to formal models of social learning. Here we first review recent empirical evidence of social influences on food choice, tool use, patterns of movement, predator avoidance, mate choice, and courtship, and then consider formal models of when animals choose to copy behavior, and which other animals' behavior they copy, together with empirical tests of predictions from those models. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png BioScience Oxford University Press

Social Learning in Animals: Empirical Studies and Theoretical Models

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Publisher
American Institute of Biological Sciences
Copyright
© 2005 American Institute of Biological Sciences
Subject
Overview Articles
ISSN
0006-3568
eISSN
1525-3244
D.O.I.
10.1641/0006-3568(2005)055[0489:SLIAES]2.0.CO;2
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Abstract

AbstractThe last two decades have seen a virtual explosion in empirical research on the role of social interactions in the development of animals' behavioral repertoires, and a similar increase in attention to formal models of social learning. Here we first review recent empirical evidence of social influences on food choice, tool use, patterns of movement, predator avoidance, mate choice, and courtship, and then consider formal models of when animals choose to copy behavior, and which other animals' behavior they copy, together with empirical tests of predictions from those models.

Journal

BioScienceOxford University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2005

Keywords: Keywords social learning tradition public information

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