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Extrinsic effects, estimating opponents' RHP, and the structure of dominance hierarchies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17785260     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We examined the impact of winner and loser effects on dominance hierarchy formation when individuals are capable of estimating their opponent's resource holding power (RHP). The accuracy of such estimates was a variable in our simulations, and we considered cases in which all individuals err within the same bounds, as well as cases in which some individuals consistently overestimate, while others consistently underestimate their opponent's fighting RHP. In all cases, we found a clearly defined linear hierarchy. In most simulations, the vast majority of interactions were 'attack-retreats', and the remainder of interactions were almost all 'fights'. Error rates had no effect on the linearity of the hierarchy or the basic attack-retreat nature of interactions, and consistent over and underestimation did not affect the ultimate position of an individual in a hierarchy.
Lee Alan Dugatkin; Aaron David Dugatkin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biology letters     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1744-9561     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-13     Completed Date:  2008-01-24     Revised Date:  2013-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101247722     Medline TA:  Biol Lett     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  614-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40208, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal*
Computer Simulation*
Conflict (Psychology)
Models, Biological*
Social Dominance*

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