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How to Design Experiments in Animal Behaviour: 11. Fighting Fish�Does Experience Matter?

Gadagkar, R (2020) How to Design Experiments in Animal Behaviour: 11. Fighting Fish�Does Experience Matter? In: Resonance, 25 (2). pp. 269-296.

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Wonderful as they are, insects do not by any means exhaust the possibilities of suitable organisms to conduct fascinating, cutting-edge, low-cost research, especially in animal behavior. Having seen how insects can be used to this end, in all the previous articles in this series, I will now deliberately choose examples from studies done on vertebrates, starting with fish and navigating through the evolutionary tree of life, all the way to humans. In this article, we will see how simple, clever experiments can reveal that when fish fight, the outcome is not only based on their intrinsic fighting abilities but also on extrinsic factors such as prior winning and losing experiences, and indeed, on a sophisticated interaction between intrinsic and extrinsic factors. In particular, we will study the phenomenon of winner-effects and loser-effects and learn that this is a near-virgin field of research waiting to be exploited and eminently suitable for cutting-edge research at a trifling cost. © 2020, Indian Academy of Sciences.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Resonance
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Springer
Keywords: Winner-effect, loser-effect, fighting fish, self-selection, randomselection
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2020 07:28
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2020 07:28
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/64972

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