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Positive and negative incentive contrasts lead to relative value perception in ants

Wendt, Stephanie , Strunk, Kim S , Heinze, Jürgen, Roider, Andreas and Czaczkes, Tomer J (2019) Positive and negative incentive contrasts lead to relative value perception in ants. eLife 8, pp. 1-22.

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Humans usually assess things not according to their absolute value, but relative to reference points – a main tenant of Prospect Theory. For example, people rate a new salary relative to previous salaries and salaries of their peers, rather than absolute income. We demonstrate a similar effect in an insect: ants expecting to find low-quality food showed higher acceptance of medium-quality food ...


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Item type:Article
Date:2 July 2019
Institutions:Biology, Preclinical Medicine > Institut für Zoologie > Zoologie/Evolutionsbiologie (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Heinze)
Projects:Open Access Publizieren (DFG)
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Dewey Decimal Classification:500 Science > 590 Zoological sciences
Refereed:Yes, this version has been refereed
Created at the University of Regensburg:Yes
Item ID:40459
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