The Psychology of Superorganisms: Collective Decision Making by Insect Societies.

@article{Sasaki2018ThePO,
  title={The Psychology of Superorganisms: Collective Decision Making by Insect Societies.},
  author={Takao Sasaki and Stephen C Pratt},
  journal={Annual review of entomology},
  year={2018},
  volume={63},
  pages={
          259-275
        }
}
Under the superorganism concept, insect societies are so tightly integrated that they possess features analogous to those of single organisms, including collective cognition. If so, colony function might fruitfully be studied using methods developed to understand individual animals. Here, we review research that uses psychological approaches to understand decision making by colonies. The application of neural models to collective choice shows fundamental similarities between how brains and… CONTINUE READING
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