Dishonest Signaling During Aggressive Interactions

Theory and Empirical Evidence

Robbie S. Wilson, Michael Angilletta

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Abstract

Communication between members of the same species often involves a conflict of interest, and the role that deception plays in this conflict has fascinated researchers for decades. The primary concern has been to understand what maintains honest communication despite the temptation to deceive opponents. In this chapter, we pursue the subject of dishonesty and discuss its importance during communication between animals competing for limited resources. We briefly review the relevant theory and analyze empirical studies that support the existence of deception in animal populations. In considering the mounting evidence for dishonest communication, we consider whether deception provides the only explanation. We also explain how functional studies of animal performance can inform evolutionary analyses of dishonest signalling between competitors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnimal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Pages205-227
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781118966624, 9780470546000
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 20 2015

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Deception
animal communication
Communication
Biocommunications
Animal Communication
Animals
Conflict of Interest
Mountings
animal performance
Research Personnel
researchers
Population
animals

Keywords

  • Aggression
  • Deception
  • Dishonesty
  • Game theory
  • Signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Wilson, R. S., & Angilletta, M. (2015). Dishonest Signaling During Aggressive Interactions: Theory and Empirical Evidence. In Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach (pp. 205-227). Wiley Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118966624.ch8

Dishonest Signaling During Aggressive Interactions : Theory and Empirical Evidence. / Wilson, Robbie S.; Angilletta, Michael.

Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach. Wiley Blackwell, 2015. p. 205-227.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Wilson, RS & Angilletta, M 2015, Dishonest Signaling During Aggressive Interactions: Theory and Empirical Evidence. in Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 205-227. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118966624.ch8
Wilson RS, Angilletta M. Dishonest Signaling During Aggressive Interactions: Theory and Empirical Evidence. In Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach. Wiley Blackwell. 2015. p. 205-227 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118966624.ch8
Wilson, Robbie S. ; Angilletta, Michael. / Dishonest Signaling During Aggressive Interactions : Theory and Empirical Evidence. Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach. Wiley Blackwell, 2015. pp. 205-227
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