Social learning: the importance of copying others

Curr Biol. 2010 Aug 24;20(16):R683-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.06.052.


A new study argues that social learning is adaptive because 'demonstrators' inadvertently filter information, so that copiers learn behaviours that have proved successful. There are remarkable parallels between these findings and data on how social insects share information about food locations.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ants / physiology
  • Bees / physiology
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Humans
  • Imitative Behavior*
  • Learning*
  • Observation
  • Social Behavior*
  • Software