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Chapter 8: The Evolution of Social Behavior What is social behavior? –Types of social interactions The Conundrum of Altruism Kin Selection or Inclusive Fitness Reciprocal Altruism
Social Behavior Group living requires tradeoffs of costs and benefits Social interactions are behaviors that has a fitness consequences for two or more individuals (of the same species). –Excludes: Parenting Mating In a social interaction there is an ACTOR and a RECIPIENT(S) of the action. An action can be said to be beneficial (+) if it increases fitness, and costly or detrimental (-) if it decreases fitness.
Types of Social Interactions A taxonomy of pair wise, or dyadic, social interactions based on fitness outcomes: Type Actor Recipient Selfish + - Mutualistic + + Altruistic - + Spiteful - -
The Conundrum of Altruism Selfish and mutualistic acts increase the fitness of the actor. It is clear that these behaviors will be selected for by natural selection, because those who act selfishly or mutualisticly derive a direct/immediate benefit from their action. Altruism is a problem to explain because by definition it decreases the fitness of the individual performing the behavior while increasing the fitness of a competitor (the recipient) and therefore reduces the contribution of the genes that underpin that behavior to the next generation. Even spiteful interactions can be explained by natural selection as long at the recipient pays a greater fitness cost than the actor.
Gives a warning call (ACTS ALTRUISTICALLY) Altruism and Warning Calls
Doesn’t give a call (ACT SELFISHLY)
Giving the warning call and accounting for kin selection where the cost of giving the call is.3 and the benefit.1 to each of the others and the actor is the sister of the others (r =.5) c =.3 b =.1 x 8 =.8 r =.5 rb =.5 x.8 =.4 Give the warning call because c
Kin selection is a powerful motivation for cooperation in social interactions. Kinship is an important principle for the organization social structures In tribal and band societies kinship is the primary principle around which groups form and is primary in defining the relationships between groups
Intertribal Spheres of Interaction and Influence of Kin Selection
Among the Yanomamö the value r in Hamilton’s Rule: –Is related to how large a village gets before fissioning –Predicts who will side with whom during conflicts –Predicts who will go with whom when a village fissions Kinship is likely the most important principle underlying group structures in the EEA What about chimp social structures? Kinship is also used as a principal for organizing non-kinship based organizations like religion
Reciprocal Altruism (Trivers 1971) c < bw c = cost to the actor b = benefit to the recipient w = the likelihood that the actor will receive a benefit in the future as a result of paying the cost now.
Dano (18) Pua (8) Kovu (11) Dominance Rank Modomo (8) Kula (8) Mark (0) (After Hall and DeVore, 1965) Proximity to the Central Hierarchy Baboons show signs of Reciprocal Altruism
Game Theory: Tit for tat and the Prisoner’s Dilemma YOU C D me: R = +3me: S = -2C = Cooperate CD = Defect you: R = +3you: T = +5R = Reward for mutual cooperation T = Temptation to defect MeS = Sucker’s payoff P = Punishment for mutual defection me: T = +5me: P = 0 D you: S = -2you: P = 0
In a one-time game, you should defect because the average payoff is greater. If the game is to be repeated many times (as is the game of life), it is in both player’s long-term interest to cooperate. In game theory the value w is defined as the number of times the game will be played Tit-for-tat is an evolutionarily stable strategy, or solution, to a repeated Prisoner’s Dilemma game. The rule is: cooperate on the first play and then do what your opponent did in the last play. Also known as the Golden Rule All social interactions, like games, are competitive (winners and losers) Assignment: go to ntro.html and do the tutorial on the Evolution of Cooperation. ntro.html