Game Theory and Animal Behavior

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Game theory has revolutionized the study of animal behavior. The fundamental principle of evolutionary game theory--that the strategy adopted by one individual depends on the strategies exhibited by others--has proven a powerful tool in uncovering the forces shaping otherwise mysterious behaviors. In this volume, the first since 1982 devoted to evolutionary game theory, leading researchers describe applications of the theory to diverse types of behavior, providing an overview of recent discoveries and a ...
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Game theory has revolutionized the study of animal behavior. The fundamental principle of evolutionary game theory--that the strategy adopted by one individual depends on the strategies exhibited by others--has proven a powerful tool in uncovering the forces shaping otherwise mysterious behaviors. In this volume, the first since 1982 devoted to evolutionary game theory, leading researchers describe applications of the theory to diverse types of behavior, providing an overview of recent discoveries and a synthesis of current research. The volume begins with a clear introduction to game theory and its explanatory scope. This is followed by a series of chapters on the use of game theory to understand a range of behaviors: social foraging, cooperation, animal contests, communication, reproductive skew and nepotism within groups, sibling rivalry, alternative life-histories, habitat selection, trophic-level interactions, learning, and human social behavior. In addition, the volume includes a discussion of the relations among game theory, optimality, and quantitative genetics, and an assessment of the overall utility of game theory to the study of social behavior. Presented in a manner accessible to anyone interested in animal behavior but not necessarily trained in the mathematics of game theory, the book is intended for a wide audience of undergraduates, graduate students, and professional biologists pursuing the evolutionary analysis of animal behavior.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195096927
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/5/1998
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Cornell University

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Table of Contents

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1 What Is Evolutionary Game Theory? 3
2 Game Theory and Social Foraging 16
3 Game Theory and Cooperation 38
4 Game Theory and Animal Contests 64
5 Game Theory and Communication 94
6 Game Theory, Reproductive Skew, and Nepotism 118
7 Game Theory, Sibling Rivalry, and Parent-Offspring Conflict 146
8 Game Theory and Inheritance in the Conditional Strategy 168
9 Game Theory and Habitat Selection 188
10 Game Theory an Predator-Prey Response Races 221
11 Game Theory and Learning 239
12 Game Theory and Human Behavior 261
13 Game Theory, Optimization, and Quantitative Genetics 283
14 Why We Need Evolutionary Game Theory 304
Index 312
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