Insights from insects about adaptive social information use.

@article{Grter2014InsightsFI,
  title={Insights from insects about adaptive social information use.},
  author={Christoph Gr{\"u}ter and Ellouise Leadbeater},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={2014},
  volume={29 3},
  pages={177-84}
}
Copying others can greatly improve individual fitness and is fundamental for the organisation of societies. Yet in some situations it is better to ignore social information and either explore the world individually or use personal information obtained through prior experience. Insects provide excellent models to study the strategic use of social information, but insights from recent research have rarely been viewed in the light of social learning strategies. Here we discuss how insects tailor… CONTINUE READING
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