computational biology

Competition for Resources Can Promote the Divergence of Social Learning Phenotypes

Social learning occurs when animals acquire knowledge or skills by observing or interacting with others and is the fundamental building block of culture. Within populations, some individuals use social learning more frequently than others, but why …

Competition for resources can explain patterns of social and individual learning in nature

In nature, animals often ignore socially available information despite the multiple theoretical benefits of social learning over individual trial-and-error learning. Using information filtered by others is quicker, more efficient and less risky than …