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Choice and value: a behavioural ecologist's perspective on animal preferences

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Behavioural ecologists mostly deal with functional aspects of animal preferences, but they have to deal with data that show that the naïve expectation that animals would systematically evaluate the biological consequences of each option and take the one with a greatest fitness expectation doesn’t always work. In many protocols animals (including humans) depart from what appears to be the biologically rational choice, for instance not picking the alternative yielding the biggest magnitude or highest probability of reward. I will discuss several such instances and consider how the mechanisms that cause them may be consistent with an evolutionary perspective.

This talk is part of the Adrian Seminars in Neuroscience series.

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