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Dynamic Relationships between Information Transmission and Social Connections.

Authors
  • Kulahci, Ipek G1
  • Quinn, John L2
  • 1 School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, Distillery Fields, North Mall Campus, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Ireland)
  • 2 School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, Distillery Fields, North Mall Campus, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland; Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. , (Ireland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Trends in ecology & evolution
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2019
Volume
34
Issue
6
Pages
545–554
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.02.007
PMID: 30902359
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Understanding the drivers of sociality is a major goal in biology. Individual differences in social connections determine the overall group structure and have consequences for a variety of processes, including if and when individuals acquire information from conspecifics. Effects in the opposite direction, where information acquisition and transmission have consequences for social connections, are also likely to be widespread. However, these effects are typically overlooked. We propose that individuals who successfully learn about their environment become valuable social partners and become highly connected, leading to feedback-based dynamic relationships between social connections and information transmission. These dynamics have the potential to change our understanding of social evolution, including how selection acts on behavior and how sociality influences population-level processes. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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