Counting conformity: evaluating the units of information in frequency-dependent social learning
In a recent study (Aplin et al., 2015), we conducted a large-scale cultural diffusion experiment in which we used trained ‘demonstrator’ individuals to introduce one of two alternative foraging techniques into five replicate subpopulations of wild great tits, Parus major. Three further subpopulations served as controls. By tracking the spread of these two techniques, we showed that information was acquired through social learning, transmitted through social network ties, and novel behaviours...[Show more]
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