Fighting Walnut Flies: Sequential Assessment
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Some of the most compelling images of animal behavior come from ritualized contests: two opponents engage in a series of peculiar motions, such as these "boxing" walnut flies (right).
What purpose do these behaviors serve? If the goal is to defeat an opponent, why not just simply fight?
In this module, you will learn about symbolic display behaviors by playing
a series of games. In these games, you are required to decide how to respond
to an opponent who confronts you.
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