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Second Publication on Collective Decision Making in Tibetan Macaques Appears in Animal Behaviour

Nipping at the heels of a September publication on collective decision making in female Tibetan macaques comes a second article examining the rules of collective decision making in this same macaque group. CWU graduate student Amanda Rowe (MS '17) examined how dominance and "popularity", measured by the number of fans you have in your social group, impacted the speed and success of group movements.

Rowe and co-authors, including CWU professors Drs. Sun, Sheeran, and Wagner, found that dominant females in the group had more fans and having more fans meant you were more successful at initiating group movements. However, there might be a trade-off: more fans meant that group movements were slower to get going, possibly because it becomes more difficult to join in.

Keep an eye on the Animal Behaviour journal website for the upcoming release of this article.

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