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dc.contributor.authorWebster, Michael Munro
dc.contributor.authorLaland, Kevin Neville
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-13T13:31:03Z
dc.date.available2015-05-13T13:31:03Z
dc.date.issued2015-05
dc.identifier.citationWebster , M M & Laland , K N 2015 , ' Public information use by foraging ninespine sticklebacks : social learning or an unlearned social influence on travel direction? ' Behaviour , vol. 152 , no. 11 , pp. 1569-1584 . https://doi.org/10.1163/1568539X-00003293en
dc.identifier.issn0005-7959
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 187184416
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: dfcba9ba-cda0-4d43-919f-caf231fed090
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84940988284
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/6643
dc.description.abstractIf we are to understand the cognitive basis and evolutionary origins of a particular behaviour, it is necessary to identify its underlying mechanism. Ninespine sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius) can identify the richer of two prey patches by observing other foragers’ success. This may be due to social learning, or an unlearned social effect on travel direction, brought about by the fish being more likely to face and subsequently travel towards areas where they have observed more feeding activity. Here we show that observer orientation does not predict patch choice, and that fish are still more likely to spend more time in richer patches even if they have to take an indirect route to reach them. This suggests that sticklebacks can learn the location of the richer patch through observation, and viewed in conjunction with other published findings, suggests that learned local enhancement lies behind public information use in this species.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofBehaviouren
dc.rights© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2015en
dc.subjectDiffusionen
dc.subjectLocal enhancementen
dc.subjectProducer–scroungeren
dc.subjectSocial learning strategiesen
dc.subjectSocial transmissionen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subject.lccQH301en
dc.titlePublic information use by foraging ninespine sticklebacks : social learning or an unlearned social influence on travel direction?en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPostprinten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1163/1568539X-00003293
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden


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