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Potent Social Learning and Conformity Shape a Wild Primate's Foraging Decisions

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Potent Social Learning and Conformity Shape a Wild Primate's Foraging Decisions. / van de Waal, Erica; Borgeaud, Christele; Whiten, Andrew.

In: Science, Vol. 340, No. 6131, 26.04.2013, p. 483-485.

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van de Waal, E, Borgeaud, C & Whiten, A 2013, 'Potent Social Learning and Conformity Shape a Wild Primate's Foraging Decisions' Science, vol 340, no. 6131, pp. 483-485. DOI: 10.1126/science.1232769

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van de Waal, E., Borgeaud, C., & Whiten, A. (2013). Potent Social Learning and Conformity Shape a Wild Primate's Foraging Decisions. Science, 340(6131), 483-485. DOI: 10.1126/science.1232769

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van de Waal E, Borgeaud C, Whiten A. Potent Social Learning and Conformity Shape a Wild Primate's Foraging Decisions. Science. 2013 Apr 26;340(6131):483-485. Available from, DOI: 10.1126/science.1232769

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van de Waal, Erica ; Borgeaud, Christele ; Whiten, Andrew. / Potent Social Learning and Conformity Shape a Wild Primate's Foraging Decisions. In: Science. 2013 ; Vol. 340, No. 6131. pp. 483-485

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