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Receiver Psychology: A Receiver's Perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Candy Rowe


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The elaborate design of animal signals is challenging to explain. In 1991, Guilford and Dawkins published their iconic paper on 'receiver psychology' in Animal Behaviour, and proposed that the ways in which animals detect, discriminate and learn about relevant stimuli in their world would have a significant impact on signal evolution. In this essay celebrating the 60th anniversary of the journal, I review the impact of this paper on the study of animal communication, and how it has changed the way in which we think about and study animal signals.

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Author(s): Rowe C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Animal Behaviour

Year: 2013

Volume: 85

Issue: 3

Pages: 517-523

Print publication date: 29/01/2013

ISSN (print): 0003-3472

ISSN (electronic): 1095-8282

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.01.004

Notes: Invited essay.


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