Reciprocity and conditional cooperation between great tit parents

@inproceedings{Johnstone2013ReciprocityAC,
  title={Reciprocity and conditional cooperation between great tit parents},
  author={Johnstone and Manica and Fayet and Rodriguez-Giron{\'e}s},
  year={2013}
}
When individuals invest in a common good, an efficient outcome is hard to achieve, because each can free ride on others’ efforts. This problem can lead parents that raise their young together to reduce their investment in care, with negative consequences for offspring. Here, we present a mathematical model to show that a strategy of conditional cooperation, in which parents take turns feeding their young, can help to resolve this problem. To test this idea, we studied the behavior of great tit… CONTINUE READING
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