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The multi-dimensional nature of information drives prioritization of private over social information in ants

Czaczkes, Tomer J. ; Beckwith, John J. ; Horsch, Anna-Lena ; Hartig, Florian


When personally gathered and socially acquired information conflict, animals often prioritize private information. We propose that this is because private information often contains details that social information lacks. We test this idea in an ant model. Ants using a food source learn its location and quality rapidly (private information), whereas pheromone trails (social information) provide ...


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