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Actions speak louder than words in socially foraging human groups.
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PMID:  22446547     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
SOCIAL FORAGING IN HUMANS HAS A DEEP EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY: early hominids searched for dispersed food sources in a patchy, uncertain environment. A fundamental assumption is that social foragers benefit by exchanging information about food sources, in order to make collective decisions based on pooled information. We conducted the first experimental test of this assumption, and showed that, as predicted, communication significantly enhanced group performance. A further, unexpected result was that physical communication through gesturing, rather than verbal communication, appeared to play a crucial role in the early stages of group interaction, facilitating consensus decision making by groups.  The importance of gestures in human interactions may therefore be underestimated, and this has important implications for modern human societies, where communications are becoming increasingly dominated by virtual modes of communication that preclude the use of gestures. 
Seirian Sumner; Andrew J King
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Communicative & integrative biology     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1942-0889     ISO Abbreviation:  Commun Integr Biol     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-26     Completed Date:  2012-10-02     Revised Date:  2014-10-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101478473     Medline TA:  Commun Integr Biol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  755-7     Citation Subset:  -    
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