Social influences on foraging in vertebrates: causal mechanisms and adaptive functions

  title={Social influences on foraging in vertebrates: causal mechanisms and adaptive functions},
  author={Bennett G. Galef and L. -A. Giraldeau},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
We summarize 20 years of empirical and theoretical research on causes and functions of social influences on foraging by animals. We consider separately studies of social influence on when, where, what and how to eat. Implicit in discussion of the majority of studies is our assumption that social influences on foraging reflect a biasing of individual learning processes by social stimuli rather than action of independent social-learning mechanisms. Our review of theoretical approaches suggests… 

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