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Context-dependent preferences in starlings: linking ecology, foraging and choice

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Foraging animals typically encounter opportunities that they either pursue or skip, but occasionally meet several alternatives simultaneously. Behavioural ecologists predict preferences using absolute properties of each option, while decision theorists focus on relative evaluations at the time of choice. We use European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) to integrate ecological reasoning with decision models, linking and testing hypotheses for value acquisition and choice mechanism. We hypothesise ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Public Library of Science
Journal:
PLoS ONE More from this journal
Volume:
8
Issue:
5
Pages:
e64934
Publication date:
2013-05-21
Acceptance date:
2013-04-23
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EISSN:
1932-6203
Language:
English
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uuid:a1158dcd-5c12-46e3-84b8-0894e187441b
Local pid:
pubs:406378
Source identifiers:
406378
Deposit date:
2013-11-16

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