User profile of AndrewDHigginson

Behavioural ecologist interested in the effects of predation and ecology on morphology and behaviour. Based at the University of Exeter.


AndrewDHigginson has posted 36 Findings :

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Great tits distinguish between foods of different quality depending on the frequency of the better type but not on the frequency of the worse type.

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Wed Dec 20 2017

Groups of humans show a general intelligence that is not simply related to individual intelligence, but social sensitivity and proportion of women

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Nov 10 2017

Football playing bumblebees show how complex insect learning can be

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Nov 10 2017

Democratic decisions by animal groups give better average outcomes than decisions by a despot

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Nov 10 2017

Great decision accuracy can be achieved by groups through individuals having local interactions without communication

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Nov 10 2017

Bat groups are willing to split up rather than everyone go with the majority decision

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Nov 10 2017

Groups of animals can stay together and make fast and accurate decisions if each individual mostly goes with the majority

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Nov 10 2017

To better understand the behaviour of animals we need to combine two approaches: understanding why they make decisions and how they make decisions

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Oct 27 2017

Understanding the interactions between individual animals requires appreciating that they have flexible responses to each other, rather than have fixed behaviour

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Oct 27 2017

Conflicts between animals may be decided by which is bigger, but also by some ‘convention’, such as who found a resource first, that enables animals to avoid fighting too much

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Oct 27 2017

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