Effective leadership and decision-making in animal groups on the move

  title={Effective leadership and decision-making in animal groups on the move},
  author={Iain D. Couzin and Jens Krause and Nigel R. Franks and Simon A. Levin},
For animals that forage or travel in groups, making movement decisions often depends on social interactions among group members. However, in many cases, few individuals have pertinent information, such as knowledge about the location of a food source, or of a migration route. Using a simple model we show how information can be transferred within groups both without signalling and when group members do not know which individuals, if any, have information. We reveal that the larger the group the… CONTINUE READING
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