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Cognitive Ecology II$
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Reuven Dukas and John M. Ratcliffe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226169354

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226169378.001.0001

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The 3E's Approach to Social Information Use in Birds: Ecology, Ethology, and Evolutionary History

The 3E's Approach to Social Information Use in Birds: Ecology, Ethology, and Evolutionary History

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(p.272) 14 The 3E's Approach to Social Information Use in Birds: Ecology, Ethology, and Evolutionary History
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Cognitive Ecology II
Author(s):
Ira G. Federspiel, Nicola S. Clayton, Nathan J. Emery
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226169378.003.0014

This chapter illustrates how integrating knowledge about animals' natural behavior, ecology, and evolutionary history with the powerful empirical techniques of experimental psychology has helped us to understand the use of social information by different bird species. To understand these mechanisms and to define the ways in which they differ between species, an integrative approach must be adopted combining the 3Es with knowledge of experimental psychology, to obtain rigorous experimental validity. More comparative work is clearly needed to determine the influence of ecology and evolutionary history on social information use, and experiments using different tasks should shed light on whether the capacity to use social information is domain specific. The knowledge of the 3Es can thus be used to influence a particular species' life history, not only to drive the development of appropriate research questions and methodology but also to provide post hoc explanations of successes and failures in psychological experiments.

Keywords:   3Es, ecology, evolutionary history, social information, natural behavior

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