From sensory to social: The information that impacts animal foraging decisions

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Foraging decisions reflect cost-benefit trade-offs. Costs arise from missed opportunities, ingestion (such as if prey are toxic), and acquisition (time and energy through exploration). Benefits arise from acquiring energy, nutrients and information. I present a collection of recent findings from vertebrates and invertebrates, demonstrating the breadth of information – sensory, social, nutritional, spatial and physiological, to name a few – that impacts animal foraging decisions. I also consider key challenges facing the study of foraging cognition, namely misgivings arising from observations of suboptimal foraging decisions in laboratory studies, and a lack of transferability between information use in the laboratory and that in the world. I conclude that an emphasis on custom experimental designs is key to continued empirical progress in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Early online dateMay 2017
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2017


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