Patch leaving in humans: can a generalist adapt its rules to dispersal of items across patches?

@article{Hutchinson2008PatchLI,
  title={Patch leaving in humans: can a generalist adapt its rules to dispersal of items across patches?},
  author={John M. C. Hutchinson and Andreas Wilke and Peter M. Todd},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={75},
  pages={1331-1349}
}
We used a computer game to examine three aspects of patch-leaving decisions in humans: how well do humans perform compared to the optimal policy, can they adjust their behaviour adaptively in response to different distributions of prey across patches and on what cues are their decisions based? Subjects earned money by catching fish when they briefly appeared within a pond; the timing of appearances was stochastic but at a rate proportional to how many fish remained. Caught fish were not… CONTINUE READING

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