Meta-analysis and animal social behaviour

Majolo, Bonaventura, Aureli, Filippo and Schino, Gabriele (2012) Meta-analysis and animal social behaviour. Evolutionary Ecology, 26 (5). pp. 1197-1211. ISSN 0269-7653

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Meta-analytical techniques are increasingly used in behavioural ecology and
evolutionary biology. Here we review the studies that have used meta-analysis to address
debated issues in animal social behaviour. This literature can be grouped into six research
themes: socio-ecology, communication, cooperation, dominance, sexual behaviour, and
parental care. We discuss the major findings of these studies and the benefits that metaanalytical
techniques brought to the study of animal social behaviour. For example, meta analytical
techniques have proved crucial in the analysis of the factors affecting grooming
reciprocity in primates, in testing the role of kin selection in the evolution of cooperative
breeding, and in assessing the fitness benefits of dominance in a range of animal species.
Less than 40 papers have used meta-analysis to address topics in animal social behaviour,
suggesting that the potential of meta-analysis has not yet been fully exploited.

Keywords:cooperation, meta-analysis, Animal behaviour
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C180 Ecology
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C182 Evolution
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:10646
Deposited On:03 Jul 2013 13:14

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