An evolutionary framework for studying mechanisms of social behavior

Hofmann, Hans A.; Beery, Annaliese K.; Blumstein, Daniel T.; Couzin, Iain D.; Earley, Ryan L.; Hayes, Loren D.; Hurd, Peter L.; Lacey, Eileen A.; Phelps, Steven M.; Solomon, Nancy G.; Taborsky, Michael; Young, Larry J.; Rubenstein, Dustin R. (2014). An evolutionary framework for studying mechanisms of social behavior. Trends in ecology & evolution, 29(10), pp. 581-589. Elsevier Current Trends 10.1016/j.tree.2014.07.008

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Social interactions are central to most animals and have a fundamental impact upon the phenotype of an individual. Social behavior (social interactions among conspecifics) represents a central challenge to the integration of the functional and mechanistic bases of complex behavior. Traditionally, studies of proximate and ultimate elements of social behavior have been conducted by distinct groups of researchers, with little communication across perceived disciplinary boundaries. However, recent technological advances, coupled with increased recognition of the substantial variation in mechanisms underlying social interactions, should compel investigators from divergent disciplines to pursue more integrative analyses of social behavior. We propose an integrative conceptual framework intended to guide researchers towards a comprehensive understanding of the evolution and maintenance of mechanisms governing variation in sociality.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE) > Behavioural Ecology

UniBE Contributor:

Taborsky, Michael

Subjects:

500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)

ISSN:

0169-5347

Publisher:

Elsevier Current Trends

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Schneeberger

Date Deposited:

14 Feb 2017 10:28

Last Modified:

14 Feb 2017 10:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.tree.2014.07.008

PubMed ID:

25154769

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.91486

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/91486

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