Tipping points among social learners: Tools from varied disciplines

R. Alexander Bentley, Michael J. O'Brien

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There is a long and rich tradition in the social sciences of using models of collective behavior in animals as jumping-off points for the study of human behavior, including collective human behavior. Here, we come at the problem in a slightly different fashion. We ask whether models of collective human behavior have anything to offer those who study animal behavior. Our brief example of tipping points, a model first developed in the physical sciences and later used in the social sciences, suggests that the analysis of human collective behavior does indeed have considerable to offer [Current Zoology 58 (2): 298-306, 2012].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-306
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Zoology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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