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dc.contributor.authorNoble, Danial W A
dc.contributor.authorByrne, Richard William
dc.contributor.authorWhiting, Martin J
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-08T23:10:51Z
dc.date.available2015-07-08T23:10:51Z
dc.date.issued2014-07-09
dc.identifier.citationNoble , D W A , Byrne , R W & Whiting , M J 2014 , ' Age-dependent social learning in a lizard ' Biology Letters , vol. 10 , no. 7 , 0430 . DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0430en
dc.identifier.issn1744-9561
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 133345871
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 70d0a7cf-7fd3-4cfe-a4ef-7c2874c25bce
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84906057208
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/6941
dc.descriptionFunding: Australian Funding Councilen
dc.description.abstractEvidence of social learning, whereby the actions of an animal facilitate the acquisition of new information by another, is taxonomically biased towards mammals, especially primates, and birds. However, social learning need not be limited to group-living animals because species with less interaction can still benefit from learning about potential predators, food sources, rivals and mates. We trained male skinks (Eulamprus quoyii), a mostly solitary lizard from eastern Australia, in a two-step foraging task. Lizards belonging to ‘young’ and ‘old’ age classes were presented with a novel instrumental task (displacing a lid) and an association task (reward under blue lid). We did not find evidence for age-dependent learning of the instrumental task; however, young males in the presence of a demonstrator learnt the association task faster than young males without a demonstrator, whereas old males in both treatments had similar success rates. We present the first evidence of age dependent social learning in a lizard and suggest that the use of social information for learning may be more widespread than previously believed.en
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofBiology Lettersen
dc.rights© 2014 Royal Society. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Biology Letters on 9 July 2014, available online: http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/10/7/20140430en
dc.rights© 2014 Royal Society. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Biology Letters on 9 July 2014, available online: http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/10/7/20140430/suppl/DC1en
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subject.lccQH301en
dc.titleAge-dependent social learning in a lizarden
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPostprinten
dc.description.versionPostprinten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0430
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.date.embargoedUntil09-07-20


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