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Social learning and information sharing: an evolutionary simulation model of foraging in Norway rats

By J. Noble, E. Tucci and P.M. Todd


Social learning is distinguished from innate behaviour and individual learning as a behavioural strategy. We investigate simple mechanisms for social learning in an evolutionary simulation of food-preference copying in Norway rats. These animals learn preferences by interacting with conspecifics, but, unexpectedly, they fail to learn aversions after interacting with a poisoned demonstrator. They also follow each other for food sites. Simulation results show that failure to discriminate between sick and healthy demonstrators may be due to food toxicity in foraging environments. A seemingly complex instance of social information transmission is explained through the action of simple behaviours in an appropriately structured environment

Publisher: Springer Verlag
Year: 1999
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:1282

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