Social learning in animals: Empirical studies and theoretical models.

B G Galef Jr., Kevin Neville Laland

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Abstract

The 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-499
Number of pages11
JournalBioscience
Volume55
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

Keywords

  • social learning
  • tradition
  • public information
  • INFORMATION-CENTER HYPOTHESIS
  • YOUNG NORWAY RATS
  • CORAL-REEF FISH
  • SEXUAL SELECTION
  • FOOD PREFERENCES
  • MATE-CHOICE
  • COTURNIX-JAPONICA
  • TOOL-USE
  • TRANSMISSION
  • CHIMPANZEES

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