Corvid Re-Caching without ‘Theory of Mind’: A Model

@inproceedings{Vaart2012CorvidRW,
  title={Corvid Re-Caching without ‘Theory of Mind’: A Model},
  author={Elske E. van der Vaart and Rineke Verbrugge and Charlotte K. Hemelrijk},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
Scrub jays are thought to use many tactics to protect their caches. For instance, they predominantly bury food far away from conspecifics, and if they must cache while being watched, they often re-cache their worms later, once they are in private. Two explanations have been offered for such observations, and they are intensely debated. First, the birds may reason about their competitors' mental states, with a 'theory of mind'; alternatively, they may apply behavioral rules learned in daily life… CONTINUE READING
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