Université de Neuchâtel

The central importance of information in studies of animal communication

Seyfarth, Robert M ; Cheney, Dorothy L ; Bergman, Thore ; Fischer, Julia ; Zuberbühler, Klaus ; Hammerschmidt, Kurt

In: Animal Behaviour, 2010, vol. 80, no. 1, p. 3-8

The concept of information plays a central role in studies of animal communication. Animals’ responses to the calls of different individuals, to food calls, alarm calls, and to signals that predict behaviour, all suggest that recipients acquire information from signals and that this information affects their response. Some scientists, however, want to replace the concept of information with one...