Game Theory and Animal Behavior

Paperback | April 5, 2000

EditorLee Alan Dugatkin, Hudson Kern Reeve

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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 mysteriousbehaviors. 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 togame 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 animalbehavior.

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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 mysteriousbehaviors. In this volume, the first since 1982 de...

Lee Alan Dugatkin is at University of Louisville. Hudson Kern Reeve is at Cornell University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.09 × 5.91 × 0.79 inPublished:April 5, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Contributors1. Peter Hammerstein: What Is Evolutionary Game Theory2. Luc-Alain Giraldeau and Barbara Livoreil: Game Theory and Social Foraging3. Lee Alan Dugatkin: Game Theory and Cooperation4. Susan E. Riechert: Game Theory and Animal Contests5. Rufus A. Johnstone: Game Theory and Communication6. Hudson Kern Reeve: Game Theory, Reproductive Skew, and Nepotism7. Douglas W. Mock, Geoffrey A. Parker, and P.L. Schwagmeyer: Game Theory, Sibling Rivalry, and Parent-Offspring Conflict8. Mart R. Gross and Joe Repka: Game Theory and Inheritance in the Conditional Strategy9. Joel S. Brown: Game Theory and Habitat Selection10. Andrew Sih: Game Theory and Predator-Prey Response Races11. David W. Stephens and Kevin C. Clements: Game Theory and Learning12. David Sloan Wilson: Game Theory and Human Behavior13. Richard Gomulkiewicz: Game Theory, Optimization, and Quantitative Genetics14. Hudson Kern Reeve and Lee Alan Dugatkin: Why We Need Evolutionary Game TheoryIndex

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