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Risk preference during collective decision making: ant colonies make risk-indifferent collective choices

Hübner, Carolin ; Czaczkes, Tomer J.



Abstract

The study of how animals respond to risk has had a strong influence on our understanding of animal behaviour. By risk, we refer to a situation where organisms must exploit a resource with an unstable quality. Animals may have different risk preferences: they may be risk seeking (e.g. prefer a gamble of 2 or 4 versus a safe bet of 3), risk averse or risk insensitive. Among invertebrates, bees are ...

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