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Ep #13 Show Notes | Elizabeth Hobson: Social Networks, Dominance Hierarchies & Animal Behavior

About the Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Hobson's lab studies the evolution of decision-making, social cognition, social networks, and dominance hierarchies using a combination of naturalistic field observations of animal behavior combined with computational modeling and network analysis. She is a professor at the University of Cincinnati.

Episode Summary:

Nick talks to Elizabeth Hobson, PhD about social behavior in animals, including when and why members of a group display aggression, how animal dominance hierarchies form and change, and how changes in the environment can cause sudden “tipping points” where group behavior suddenly changes. They also discussed whether human societies may be near tipping points today, and how changes due to COVID have impacted remote learning.

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