What shapes social decision making?

  title={What shapes social decision making?},
  author={Simon M. Reader and Ioannis Leris},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={96 - 97}
Abstract Outcome transparency and the weight given to social information both play important roles in decision making, but we argue that an overarching influence is the degree to which individuals can and do gather information. Evolution, experience, and development may shape individual specializations in social decision making that carry over across contexts, and these individual differences may influence collective behavior and cultural evolution. 
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Animal social learning: associations and adaptations

  • S. Reader
  • Psychology, Biology
  • 2016
Current evidence suggests that much social learning may be based on ‘ordinary’ processes but with extraordinary consequences, and empirical work is required to uncover the mechanisms involved and their impact on the efficacy of social learning.

Animal social learning : associations and adaptations

Current evidence suggests that much social learning may be based on ‘ordinary’ processes but with extraordinary consequences, and empirical work is required to uncover the mechanisms involved and their impact on the efficacy of social learning.

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