The evolution of conformity-enforcing behaviour in cultural communication systems

  title={The evolution of conformity-enforcing behaviour in cultural communication systems},
  author={Robert F. Lachlan and Vincent M. Janik and Peter J. B. Slater},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Conformity is an important aspect of many communication systems in which signals are culturally transmitted. We suggest that one reason for it to evolve is if nonconforming individuals are discriminated against, and we therefore investigated how this might arise. We designed a spatial simulation, in which individuals occupied a territory on a lattice, and played a territorial game with their neighbours in which one individual could challenge another and, if successful, obtain some of the latter… Expand
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