Social Punishment of Dishonest Signalers Caused by Mismatch between Signal and Behavior

@article{Tibbetts2010SocialPO,
  title={Social Punishment of Dishonest Signalers Caused by Mismatch between Signal and Behavior},
  author={Elizabeth A Tibbetts and Amanda S. Izzo},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={20},
  pages={1637-1640}
}
Many animals use conventional signals of fighting ability to mediate aggressive conflict. Given the apparent benefits of signaling inaccurately high fighting ability, there is extensive interest in why animals communicate their abilities honestly [1]. One hypothesis is that inaccurate signalers receive social punishment that disfavors inaccuracy. Although the idea that social punishment can prevent dishonesty is appealing, questions about the evolutionary stability of this hypothesis remain [2… CONTINUE READING
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