Using robots to understand social behaviour

  title={Using robots to understand social behaviour},
  author={Sara Mitri and Steffen Wischmann and Dario Floreano and Laurent Keller},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
A major challenge in studying social behaviour stems from the need to disentangle the behaviour of each individual from the resulting collective. One way to overcome this problem is to construct a model of the behaviour of an individual, and observe whether combining many such individuals leads to the predicted outcome. This can be achieved by using robots. In this review we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of such an approach for studies of social behaviour. We find that robots—whether… 

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