Baboon Behavior = Follow Everyone Else

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Take Away

  • “The inclination to follow other group members is the strongest factor driving the decision-making behaviour of baboons. “
  • “…animals only need a few simple rules to coordinate their group movements, enabling them to organise themselves, and to make decisions…”
  • “…the group structure results from local behavioural principles of individual animals and not from a joint decision taken by the entire group…”
  • “We also observe that the movement rules of baboons, and how they make decisions, very much resembles the decision processes found in schools of fish and flocks of birds.”
  • “…baboons are inclined to follow the majority…”

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