Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

An evolutionary resolution of manipulation conflict

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DOI

Abstract

Individuals can manipulate the behavior of social partners. However, manipulation may conflict with the fitness interests of the manipulated individuals. Manipulated individuals can then be favored to resist manipulation, possibly reducing or eliminating the manipulated behavior in the long run. I use a mathematical model to show that conflicts where manipulation and resistance coevolve can disappear as a result of the coevolutionary process. I find that while manipulated individuals are selected to resist, they can simultaneously be favored to express the manipulated behavior at higher efficiency (i.e., providing increasing fitness effects to recipients of the manipulated behavior). Efficiency can increase to a point at which selection for resistance disappears. This process yields an efficient social behavior that is induced by social partners, and over which the inducing and induced individuals are no longer in conflict. A necessary factor is costly inefficiency. I develop the model to address the evolution of advanced eusociality via maternal manipulation (AEMM). The model predicts AEMM to be particularly likely in taxa with ancestrally imperfect resistance to maternal manipulation. Costly inefficiency occurs if the cost of delayed dispersal is larger than the benefit of exploiting the maternal patch. I discuss broader implications of the process.
Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2038–2051
Number of pages14
JournalEvolution
Volume68
Issue number7
Early online date21 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014

    Research areas

  • Altruism, Arms race, Cooperation, Social behavior

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Inference of ecological and social drivers of human brain-size evolution

    Gonzalez Forero, M. & Gardner, A., 23 May 2018, In : Nature. 557, 7706, p. 554-557

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  2. A model for brain life history evolution

    González Forero, M., Faulwasser, T. & Lehmann, L., 9 Mar 2017, In : PLoS Computational Biology. 13, 3, 28 p., e1005380.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Stable eusociality via maternal manipulation when resistance is costless

    Gonzalez Forero, M., 13 Dec 2015, In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 28, 12, p. 2208-2223 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Evolution of manipulated behavior

    Gonzalez Forero, M. & Gavrilets, S., Oct 2013, In : American Naturalist. 182, 4, p. 439-451 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related by journal

  1. A note on simulating null distributions for G matrix comparisons

    Morrissey, M. B., Hangartner, S. & Monro, K., 22 Oct 2019, In : Evolution. Early View

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Sexual selection in complex communities: integrating interspecific reproductive interference in structured populations

    McDonald, G., Gardner, A. & Pizzari, T., 2 Apr 2019, In : Evolution. Early View, 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Social runaway: fisherian elaboration (or reduction) of socially selected traits via indirect genetic effects

    Bailey, N. W. & Kölliker, M., 17 Jul 2019, In : Evolution. Early View, 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. No effect of intraspecific relatedness on public goods cooperation in a complex community

    O'Brien, S., Hesse, E., Luján, A., Hodgson, D., Gardner, A. & Buckling, A., 29 Apr 2018, In : Evolution. Early View, 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Quantification and decomposition of environment-selection relationships

    Hunter, D. C., Pemberton, J., Pilkington, J. & Morrissey, M. B., Apr 2018, In : Evolution. 72, 4, p. 851-866

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related by journal

  1. Evolution (Journal)

    Michael Blair Morrissey (Member of editorial board)

    1 Jan 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  2. Evolution (Journal)

    Michael Blair Morrissey (Member of editorial board)

    1 Jan 20181 Jan 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

  3. Evolution (Journal)

    Thomas Robert Meagher (Editor)

    2006 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

ID: 249347509

Top