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Darwin's "tug-of-war" vs. starlings' "horse-racing": how adaptations for sequential encounters drive simultaneous choice

Abstract:

Charles Darwin aided his private decision making by an explicit deliberation, famously deciding whether or not to marry by creating a list of points in a table with two columns: "Marry" and "Not Marry". One hundred seventy-two years after Darwin's wedding, we reconsider whether this process of choice, under which individuals assign values to their options and compare their relative merits at the time of choosing (the tug-of-war model), applies to our experimental animal, the European Starling...

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10.1007/s00265-010-1101-2

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Vasconcelos, M More by this author
Monteiro, T More by this author
Journal:
BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY
Volume:
65
Issue:
3
Pages:
547-558
Publication date:
2011-03-05
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EISSN:
1432-0762
ISSN:
0340-5443
URN:
uuid:f06213cf-01d3-4539-8cc8-e1cb425c3faf
Source identifiers:
210070
Local pid:
pubs:210070

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