Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Diffusion dynamics of socially learned foraging techniques in squirrel monkeys

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

DOI

Abstract

Social network analyses [1-5] and experimental studies of social learning [6-10] have each become important domains of animal behavior research in recent years yet have remained largely separate. Here we bring them together, providing the first demonstration of how social networks may shape the diffusion of socially learned foraging techniques [11]. One technique for opening an artificial fruit was seeded in the dominant male of a group of squirrel monkeys and an alternative technique in the dominant male of a second group. We show that the two techniques spread preferentially in the groups in which they were initially seeded and that this process was influenced by monkeys' association patterns. Eigenvector centrality predicted both the speed with which an individual would first succeed in opening the artificial fruit and the probability that they would acquire the cultural variant seeded in their group. These findings demonstrate a positive role of social networks in determining how a new foraging technique diffuses through a population.
Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1251-1255
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Biology
Volume23
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Jul 2013

    Research areas

  • Social learning, monkeys, social networks

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

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. The interaction of social and perceivable causal factors in shaping ‘over-imitation’

    Burdett, E. R. R., McGuigan, N., Harrison, R. & Whiten, A. 24 Feb 2018 In : Cognitive Development. 47, p. 8-18 11 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  2. The pervasive role of social learning in primate lifetime development

    Whiten, A. & van de Waal, E. May 2018 In : Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 72, 16 p., 80

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article

  3. Chimpanzees prioritise social information over pre-existing behaviours in a group context but not in dyads

    Watson, S., Lambeth, S. P., Schapiro, S. J. & Whiten, A. 24 Mar 2018 In : Animal Cognition. First Online, 12 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  4. Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) display limited behavioural flexibility when faced with a changing foraging task requiring tool use

    Harrison, R. A. & Whiten, A. 19 Feb 2018 In : PeerJ. 6, 28 p., e4366

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Related by journal

  1. Chimpanzees consider humans' psychological states when drawing statistical inferences

    Eckert, J., Rakoczy, H., Call, J., Herrmann, E. & Hanus, D. 18 Jun 2018 In : Current Biology. 28, 5 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Population consequences of migratory variability differ between flyways

    Patchett, R., Finch, T. & Cresswell, W. 23 Apr 2018 In : Current Biology. 28, 8, p. R340-R341

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Bonobos prefer individuals that hinder others over those that help

    Krupenye, C. & Hare, B. 22 Jan 2018 In : Current Biology. 28, 2, p. 280-286 e5

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  4. Causes and consequences of tool shape variation in New Caledonian crows

    Sugasawa, S., Klump, B. C., St Clair, J. J. H. & Rutz, C. 18 Dec 2017 In : Current Biology. 27, 24, p. 3885-3890 e4

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  5. Morphometric, behavioral, and genomic evidence for a new orangutan species

    Nater, A. , Mattle-Greminger, M. P. , Nurcahyo, A. , Nowak, M. G. , de Manuel, M. , Desai, T. , Groves, C. , Pybus, M. , Sonay, T. B. , Roos, C. , R. Lameira, A. , Wich, S. A. , Askew, J. , Davila-Ross, M. , Fredriksson, G. , de Valles, G. , Casals, F. , Prado-Martinez, J. , Goossens, B. , Verschoor, E. J. & 17 others Warren, K. S., Singleton, I., Marques, D. A., Pamungkas, J., Perwitasari-Farajallah, D., Rianti, P., Tuuga, A., Gut, I. G., Gut, M., Orozco-terWengel, P., van Schaik, C. P., Bertranpetit, J., Anisimova, M., Scally, A., Marques-Bonet, T., Meijaard, E. & Krützen, M. 20 Nov 2017 In : Current Biology. 27, 22

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Related by journal

  1. Whale Song

    Janik, V. M. 10 Feb 2009 Current Biology, 19, p. R109-R111

    Research output: ResearchArticle

Related by journal

  1. Current Biology (Journal)

    Kate Arnold (Reviewer)
    2007 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  2. Current Biology (Journal)

    Byrne, R. W. (Member of editorial board)
    20052014

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of research journal

ID: 68861975