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Individual discrimination capability and collective decision-making.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16213529     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Amplification is the main component of many collective phenomena in social and gregarious insects. In a society, individuals face a mixed palette of odours coming from different groups (lines, strains) and individuals present discrimination capabilities. However, often at the collective level, different groups may cooperate and act together. To understand this apparent contradiction, we use a model of food recruitment where each group of foragers have its own blend of pheromone trail that is partly recognized by the others groups. The model shows that a low level of recognition between signals is sufficient to produce a collaborative pattern between groups and that beyond a critical value of recognition, only the aggregation of all the groups around the same food source is observed. The comparison between this model and one describing the site selection by gregarious insects (e.g. cockroach) suggests that such collective response is a generic property of social phenomena governed by amplification processes.
J Millor; J M Amé; J Halloy; J L Deneubourg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2005-10-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of theoretical biology     Volume:  239     ISSN:  0022-5193     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Theor. Biol.     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-15     Completed Date:  2006-11-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376342     Medline TA:  J Theor Biol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  313-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Service d'Ecologie sociale, CP 231, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Appetitive Behavior*
Behavior, Animal*
Cooperative Behavior
Decision Making*
Discrimination (Psychology)*
Group Processes
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